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McLaughlin dismayed at Toome by-pass announcement

22 April, 2008


Mitchel McLaughlin Sinn Féin MLA (South Antrim) has reacted with dismay at the announcement that a major road resurfacing scheme and associated works are expected to begin next month on the A6 Toome Bypass and last for a period of six weeks as a result of the contractor laying the wrong surfacing materials when the by-pass was built.

Mitchel McLaughlin said:

"I share the sense of frustration expressed by many members of the public following the announcement that the Toome By-pass requires a major resurfacing project just four years after it was built. Whilst having been assured by the Department that the resurfacing scheme will be paid for by the contractor who was at fault and not from the public purse, this will do little to alleviate the inconvenience and disruption it will cause to commuters and to the local community on a daily basis until this is completed.

"This is a frustrating situation and whilst I appreciate that the cost will be borne by the contractor at fault I would urge both the contractor and Roads Service to resolve the situation as quickly as possible in order to minimise disruption to commuters and just as importantly the local community through which traffic will be diverted. I have written to the Minister urging him to consider a range of measures that will minimise any disruption such as implementing a one-way system through the village and closing only one lane at a time." ENDS

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