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Minister announces preferred route for A2 Buncrana Road improvements

10 February, 2009

Sinn Féin Roads Minister Conor Murphy today announced the preferred route for the proposed improvements to Buncrana Road in Derry.

The minister said:

"Roads Service has completed the important route assessment stage of the proposed improvements to Buncrana Road in Derry. I am pleased to confirm, the result of extensive consideration is that the improvements will be carried out on-line along the entire route between Pennyburn Roundabout and the border."

The existing carriageway will be widened on-line to provide two lanes of traffic in each direction and will include work to improve the efficiency of major junctions along the route. It is also intended to introduce measures to provide benefits for public transport as well as providing improved facilities for pedestrians and cyclists.

Minister Murphy said:

"This project will provide significant benefits in terms of improving traffic flows, reducing delays and improving safety for all road users along the whole length of this busy route."

This project is part of an overall strategy to improve the network of Key Transport Corridors across the north.

"Completion of this preferred route selection leads onto detailed design considerations and the preparation of Statutory Procedures," added the minister.

Note to Editors

All land and property owners along the Buncrana Road will receive direct notification of the preferred route. The Roads Service website will contain details of preferred route and other information.

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