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Sinn Féin £4.2 million to be invested in Banbridge

6 May, 2008

Sinn Féin Regional Development Minister Conor Murphy has announced a £4.2million investment for the Banbridge area this year.

Speaking ahead of this evening's meeting between Roads Service and Banbridge District Council, the Minister outlined progress on a number of major and minor schemes taking place in the area.

"Work has commenced on three of the main junctions on the A1 at Banbridge Road, Dromore; Dromore Road, Banbridge; and Dublin Road/Grovehill Road, Loughbrickland. This work is being undertaken in association with the A1 Beech Hill to Cloghogue dualling."

The Minister 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 £17million of extra funding being allocated to this important function. "The additional resources mean that around £75million has been 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 Banbridge area we plan to spend £4.2million on various projects, including junction visibility improvement works on the Castlewellan Road/Moneygore Road, Rathfriland. Minor works schemes are planned for Corbet Lough Bridge; Rathfriland Road at Lisnaree Road; and at Old Newry Road/Ringsend Road, Banbridge subject to successful land agreements or vesting. These are in addition to the ongoing extensive programme of smaller local transport and safety measures, as well as resurfacing and surface dressing schemes.

"Schemes which have already been completed include visibility improvements on Diamond Road at Oakhill Road, Dromore and a footway extension at Rathfriland Road, Banbridge," said Mr Murphy. ENDS

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