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£5.5 million to be invested in Fermanagh

27 May, 2008

Sinn Féin Regional Development Minister Conor Murphy has announced a £5.5million investment for the Fermanagh area this year.

Speaking ahead of this evening's meeting between Roads Service and Fermanagh District Council, the Minister outlined a number of major and minor schemes taking place in the area. The Minister was pleased to note that a new bridge is to be provided at Belcoo in conjunction with Cavan County Council and the National Roads Authority.

He said:

"2007/08 has 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 £3.5million on various road maintenance projects in the Fermanagh area this year. A major resurfacing scheme is to be carried out this year will be on the A4 Belfast Road between Tamlaght and Lisbellaw." ENDS

Note to Editors

The Investment Strategy anticipates a large programme of trunk road improvements over the next 10 years, with investment totalling £3.1billion pounds. The recently published plan had three new schemes of benefit to the Fermanagh area. They were A4 Enniskillen Southern Bypass, the A4 Fivemiletown Bypass and a range of carriageway improvements, including 2+1 overtaking sections, on the A32 between Enniskillen and Omagh.

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