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Minister announces Information Events on A6

9 May, 2008


Sinn Féin Regional Development Minister Conor Murphy has announced that community information events are being held to inform the public about the possible routes being examined for the A6 Derry to Dungiven dualling scheme.

Conor Murphy said:

"The exhibitions will allow people to view the possible routes being examined for the 30 kilometre road between Derry and Dungiven, including a dual carriageway for Dungiven, and to speak on a one to one basis with staff from Roads Service and their advisors."

The events are being held at two venues:

The Sports Pavilion, 3 Chapel Road, Dungiven

  • Tuesday 20 May from 1.00pm to 9.00pm
  • Wednesday 21 May from 1.00pm to 9.00pm

The YMCA, 51 Glenshane Road, Drumahoe

  • Tuesday 27 May from 1pm to 9pm
  • Wednesday 28 May from 1pm to 9pm

Staff from Roads Service and their advisors will be available to answer questions.

Note to Editors

  • The Regional Development Strategy (RDS) guides the development of the north over the next 25 years or so.
  • The Regional Transportation Strategy (RTS), an RDS daughter document, supports the RDS by aligning transport planning with progress towards achievement of its transportation vision for the north.
  • The Regional Strategic Transport Network Transport Plan 2015 (RSTN TP) sets out how the RTS will be implemented and confirms the individual schemes and projects to be implemented (subject to economic assessments, statutory processes and availability of resources) to support the RDS and RTS objectives and targets.
  • Construction of the dual carriageway can only start after the public inquiry process is complete. It has not been decided as yet how the new road would be built.

Timeline

March 2005 - Consultant Scott Wilson starts to examine a route strategy for improvement of the A6 between Castledawson Roundabout and Derry.
December 2005 -The former Secretary of State Peter Hain, launching the Ilex Regeneration Plan for Derry, confirms the inclusion of the 30 kilometre A6 Derry to Dungiven Dualling Scheme into the Regional Strategic Transport Network Transport Plan.
February 2007 - Scott Wilson completes examination of the A6 between Castleadwson and Derry.
July 2007 - Consultants Scott Wilson and Faber Maunsell employed to develop a 'preferred route' for the new road.
September 2007 - Community Information Events held in Drumahoe and Dungiven informed the public about the preferred corridor for the new road.
Spring 2009 - Minister announces preferred route for the new road.
Autumn 2010 - Publication of notices in the local press informing that an environmental statement and draft statutory orders have been prepared.
2011 - Hold public inquiry to examine the case for and against the scheme.

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