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Information days on the north's largest roads project

21 April, 2008

A series of information days on the proposed improvements to the A5 route between Derry and the border at Aughnacloy will be held by Roads Service.

The upgrading of the A5 to dual carriageway status is the largest project ever to be undertaken in the north and this announcement follows last summer's confirmation by Roads Minister, Conor Murphy, of a £400m contribution from the Irish Government to road improvements on the A5 and the A8 between Belfast and Larne.

Minister Conor Murphy, said:

"Roads Service is committed to improving the physical infrastructure within the North of Ireland. The A5 upgrading project will improve journey times and road safety for motorists and will also generate much wider social and economic benefits for the North West."

The public exhibitions, which are open from noon until 8pm, will be held on:

  • Monday, April 28 at Smyth Memorial Hall, Church Street, Ballygawley
  • Tuesday, April 29 at Silverbirch Hotel, Gortin Road, Omagh
  • Thursday, May 8 at Alley Theatre, Tourist Information Centre, Strabane
  • Friday, May 9 at the Everglades Hotel, Derry

Roads Service has formally appointed consultants Mouchel as their advisor on the A5 project.

Mouchel's first task is to carry out a constraints assessment in a wide study and teams of specialists will soon be out and about in the towns and countryside making assessments and recording significant information. In addition, over the next month, teams of specialists will be carrying out brief questionnaires at the roadside as part of a traffic 'census'. Each questionnaire, which focuses on the driver's journey, will be either completed on site or will require self-completion at home.

Notes to Editors:

The A5 Western Transport Corridor is one of five key transport corridor upgrades identified in the Regional Transportation Strategy for the north and represents a significant link in longer-term plans to improve connections between Dublin and Derry city and Donegal.

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