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£3.5 million to be invested in Magherafelt area

13 May, 2008


Sinn Féin Regional Development Minister Conor Murphy has announced a £3.5million investment for Magherafelt Council area this year.

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

The minister was pleased to note that the Statutory Notices were published in March 2007 for the A6 Dualling between the M22 Motorway and the Castledawson roundabout. He confirmed that the Department intends to publish the Statutory Orders for the A31 Magherafelt By-pass. If required it is anticipated a public inquiry could be held within this financial year.

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 £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.

"We plan to spend £1.9million on various road maintenance projects in the Magherafelt area this year. Major resurfacing schemes are to be carried out on the A29 at Larrycormick, Moneymore and A29 Moneymore Road, between Desertmartin and Lecumpher." ENDS

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