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Minister confirms route for A26 Frosses Road dualling

11 August, 2008


Sinn Féin Regional Development Minister Conor Murphy today announced the preferred route for the proposed £52million dualling of the A26 Frosses Road between Glarryford and the A44 Drones Road junction.

The preferred route is an on-line improvement of the existing single carriageway road to dual carriageway, previously named the 'Blue Route' (Option 3) at the public consultation event held in June 2007.

The Minister said

"I am pleased to confirm the preferred route for this strategically important road scheme. The A26 Frosses Road dualling between Glarryford and the A44 Drones Road junction will improve road safety and reduce journey times, benefiting both the travelling public and the business community. The improvement will also enhance tourist links for this area.

This preferred route announcement is the culmination of a thorough assessment of five potential corridor options for the route. The corridors were assessed against the Government's five key objectives for transport: Environment, Safety, Economy, Accessibility and Integration. Roads Service also undertook consultation exhibitions for the corridors in June 2007. This was followed by individual, one-to-one consultations with all potentially affected landowners. Consultation feedback formed an important part of the assessment process and helped inform the scheme assessment process.

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. Affected land owners and other interested parties will continue to be individually consulted as part of the process.

A 'Preferred Route Announcement' leaflet is available at www.roadsni.gov.uk/A26frosses , providing an overview of the assessment process, summarising the results of the study and illustrating the preferred route.

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Note to Editors

This section of the A26 Frosses Road between Glarryford and the A44 Drones Road junction forms part of the Northern Key Transport Corridor connecting Belfast and Derry, via Coleraine. Improving this route to dual carriageway standard is identified 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.

The necessary statutory procedures will include preparation of Direction and Vesting Orders and an Environmental Statement, under the Roads (NI) Order 1993. At the time of the publication of draft Orders for the scheme the public and the key stakeholders can consider the plans and, if they wish, raise objections. Depending on the type and number of objections received to the draft Orders, the Regional Development Minister may decide to hold a Public Inquiry for the scheme.

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