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A 31 proposed Magherafelt bypass update

16 May, 2008

Sinn Féin Roads Minister Conor Murphy has announced further progress on the proposals for a new £33million bypass around Magherafelt town.

The Department for Regional Development's Roads Service are now publishing formal Notices on its intention to make a Direction Order and a Vesting Order.

This follows public information events held on 24 October 2007, when route options were presented, and on 9 January 2008, when the preferred route alignment was announced.

The preferred route is 5.9kms long and extends to the east of the town from the new roundabout at the Moneymore Road/Coolshinney Road junction, to tie in with the existing Castledawson Roundabout. On route, it will be bridged over Killyfaddy Road and Loves Road, it will have new roundabouts constructed at its junctions with Ballyronan Road and Aughrim Road and it is proposed that the Killyneese Road be stopped-up on either side of the new road.

The Minister said:

"Roads Service has now met with all the landowners directly affected by the proposed new route, enabling it to publish the current Notices of Intention. The Direction Order will stipulate the line of the new road and gives details of roads to be stopped up and/or abandoned as an integral part of the scheme. The Vesting Order empowers the Department to acquire the lands necessary for the construction of the scheme.

"Roads Service however would stress that the current Notices are Notices of Intention, to which members of the public have a right to make representation and/or object to the proposals.

"In addition, an Environmental Statement has been prepared for the scheme. This document considers the likely environmental effects of construction of the new road and identifies ways in which any adverse impacts can be mitigated. The document is now available for public viewing and comments from members of the public are welcome," said Mr Murphy.

All documents and maps relating to the above can be examined locally by any member of the public, free of charge, at the Roads Service offices on Station Road or at the offices of Magherafelt District Council on Ballyronan Road, during office hours. The Environmental Statement Non-Technical summary is also available for viewing at The consultation process ends on 27 June 2008.

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