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£2.4 million to be invested in Cookstown area

10 June, 2008

Sinn Féin Regional Development Minister Conor Murphy has announced a £2.4million investment for the Cookstown area this year.

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

The minister said:

"We plan to spend £2.4million on various structural road maintenance projects in the Cookstown area this year. A major resurfacing scheme to be carried out this year will be on the A29 - William Street and Oldtown Street, Cookstown.

"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."

Note to Editors

The recently published plan includes a scheme of major benefit to the Cookstown area. The Cookstown Bypass will link the A29 Dungannon and Moneymore Roads. Preliminary design is being progressed. Environmental, ecological and archaeological surveys are due to start this month and a public information day will be scheduled for late autumn this year.

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