Dual carriageway announcement pivotal turning point in re-dressing infrastructure imbalance
West Tyrone Sinn Féin MP MLA Pat Doherty says today’s announcement of the preferred route for the A5 Western Transport Corridor Dual Carriageway represents a pivotal turning point in terms of re-dressing the infrastructural imbalance west of the Bann and in the north west region of Ireland.
Sinn Féin has been to the fore in the campaign for the upgrade of this strategic road transport corridor and many Sinn Fein representatives were present in Omagh this morning as the preferred route was officially unveiled by DRD Minister Conor Murphy and Transport Minister Noel Dempsey.
Speaking at the event local MP Pat Doherty said,
“Up until this point talk of the A5 dual carriageway has been a largely abstract concept to most people but today’s unveiling of the preferred route by both Ministers, coupled with the joint commitment north and south to finance this the largest ever infrastructural project west of the Bann, means that people will now be in a position to enjoy the tangible benefits that will flow from this project within a matter of a short few years.
“These benefits include: significant cuts to journey times along the route; increased roads safety; reduced traffic congestion in built up areas and the resulting environmental improvements such as improved air quality; as well as the key issue of enhancing the economic competitiveness of the region by bringing the region into line with the standard of road infrastructure in other parts of the island.
“I was assured in a meeting with Minister Conor Murphy last month that every conceivable effort had been made to keep disruption and upheaval to dwellings at an absolute minimum and I welcome that fact the comparatively small number of dwelling owners who are directly impacted in terms of the preferred route will be first contacted by Roads Service and project consultants Mouchel over the next few days, and before the detailed maps go to public exhibition at 4 venues along the route. It is important that the concerns of people who are directly impacted by the proposed route are addressed and hopefully through this form of direct consultation, the upcoming statutory public consultation, and public inquiry their concerns can be fully addressed
“Further important details will emerge in the days to come about how towns and villages along the route will be connected to the dual carriageway it is clear that today’s announcement represents a pivotal turning point in terms of re-dressing the infrastructural imbalance west of the Bann and in the north west region of Ireland.