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Minister confirms route for £57million Armagh link road

24 June, 2008

Sinn Féin Regional Development Minister Conor Murphy has confirmed the preferred route for the proposed £57million A3 Armagh North and West Link road scheme.

Speaking ahead of a Public Information Day on the confirmed route, the Minister said:

"This is great news for the people of Armagh and will be welcomed by many Armagh residents and those who do business in the city. The new road, in addition to helping through traffic, will also contribute to relieving traffic conditions and improving the environment in Armagh's historic city centre.

"Roads Service has been working hard over the last 15 months with their technical advisors, Amey Consulting, who have been undertaking an environmental, technical and economic assessment of three potential route options. They have concluded that an "out of town" corridor provides the best route for this important new road.

"We hope to begin construction of this new road within the next five years, subject to satisfactory completion of the usual statutory procedures and the normal budgetary constraints. The proposed new 6.9 km long single carriageway road will link from the A3 Portadown Road on the east side of the city to the A3 Monaghan Road, on the southwest side of the city. "

The A3 Portadown - Armagh - Monaghan road is a link corridor in the north's strategic road network.

Roads Service staff and their technical advisors will be at a public exhibition in the Armagh City Hotel on Thursday 26 June at 11am-9pm to describe and explain the preferred route. The public will have an opportunity to comment on the route. Arrangements have also been made to brief district councillors.

Roads Service will continue to develop the design for this important road scheme in preparation for progressing the project through the necessary environmental, planning and land acquisition statutory procedures. This work will include consideration of any comments received at the public exhibition.

Notes to Editors:

  • The A3 Armagh North and West Link scheme is included in the Regional Strategic Transport Network Transport Plan 2015, published in March 2005 and in the recently published Department's Investment Delivery Plan for Roads, where it is listed in the Preparation Pool which contains schemes expected to be implemented within the next five years or so of the plan.
  • The Armagh Area Plan 2004 includes proposals for single carriageway North Link and West Link roads around the City of Armagh linking from the A3 Portadown Road to the A28 Friary Road. This proposal, together with several alternative proposals, was the subject of the assessment which led to the selection of the preferred corridor announced today.
  • The Statutory Procedures required in relation to the A3 Armagh North and West Link road scheme, which is an improvement to the Province's trunk road network, will, in due course, involve the publication of an Environmental Statement, a Notice of Intention to Make a Direction Order and an Intention to Make a Vesting Order. These Statutory Procedures may require Public Inquiries to determine if the proposed scheme should go ahead as planned.

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