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£5 million to be invested in Derry City Council area

6 May, 2008

Sinn Féin Regional Development Minister Conor Murphy has announced a £5million investment for the Derry City Council area this year.

Speaking ahead of this afternoon's meeting between Roads Service and Derry City Council, the Minister outlined a number of minor schemes taking place in the area.

The Minister said:

"The existing bridge in Park Village is being widened to provide a footway connection within the village. The C516 Trench Road is to be widened and verges provided at a number of locations between Killymallaght Road and Disertowen crossroads. Traffic calming schemes are proposed at Temple Road, Marlborough Road, Benview Estate, Bishop Street Without and Blackburn Avenue. Safer routes to schools traffic calming measures are also proposed at St. Eithne's Primary School and Holy Child Primary School, Creggan."

Mr Murphy said that 2007/08 had been a successful year for structural maintenance, after a strong bid by Roads Service for additional funds led to more than £17 million of extra funding being allocated to this important function.

He added:

"The additional resources mean that around £75million was invested in the structural maintenance of our roads last year and it is planned to spend a further £200million over the next three years. The maintenance of surfaces and underlying structures of roads and footways is essential for the social and economic well-being in all areas in the North."

"This year in the Derry City area, we plan to spend £2.2million on various structural maintenance projects. Resurfacing works are planned during the summer months for A6 Altnagelvin at an estimated cost of £0.5million." ENDS

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