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£5.3 million to be invested in Dungannon and South Tyrone

16 June, 2008

Sinn Féin Regional Development Minister Conor Murphy has announced a £5.3million investment for the Dungannon and South Tyrone Borough Council area this year.

Speaking ahead of this evening's meeting between Roads Service and the Council, the minister outlined a number of major and minor schemes taking place in the area. The minister was pleased to note that works on the A4 dualling from Dungannon to Ballygawley were progressing well and publication of the preferred corridor for the A5 was expected by the end of the year.

The minister 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 Dungannon and South Tyrone area this year. Significant resurfacing schemes to be carried out this year will be on the A5 Tullyvar Road Aughnacloy, A29 Dungannon Road Moy and A4 Colebrooke Road Fivemiletown." ENDS

Note to Editors

The Investment Strategy anticipates a large programme of trunk road improvements over the next ten years, with investment totalling £3.1billion pounds. Roads Service is currently considering how this work will be programmed and delivered. The recently published plan had major schemes of benefit to the Borough. By far the biggest challenge is the A5 dualling.

Last month Roads Service carried out a series of public information days at four locations along the A5 route, at Ballygawley, Omagh, Strabane and Derry.

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