SF Ministers open New £4.7m Carland Bridge Scheme in Tyrone
Sinn Féin Minister for Regional Development Conor Murphy MP MLA today opened the A29 Carland Bridge scheme totalling an investment of £4.7m.
A number of Executive Ministers were present for the opening of this local scheme including Sinn Fein Ministers Martin McGuinness MP MLA, Gerry Kelly MLA, Michelle Gildernew MP, MLA and Caitriona Ruane MLA. Also attending were Sinn Féin Mayor for Dungannon and South Tyrone Michelle O’Neill, Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre deBrún and Sinn Féin Assembly member Francie Molloy.
Commenting on the scheme, Minister Conor Murphy said: “I welcome the opportunity to be here on site today to officially open this £4.7m road improvement scheme. The A29 Carland realignment is part of a designated corridor linking Armagh to Coleraine and this long awaited road improvement has been completed ahead of schedule.
"Investment in road improvements, such as this important project, meets the Executive's strategic objectives in terms of promoting economic growth, competitiveness and balanced regional development across the North of Ireland.
“This scheme has been well received by the local community and motorists who use this important link corridor. This scheme has now removed a notorious bottleneck on the A29 route between Dungannon and Cookstown and will improve road safety and reduce delays on this important part of the roads network.”
The main objectives of the scheme were to remove the existing traffic bottleneck on the A29 at Carland, improve road safety along this section of trunk road, reduce journey travel times along the A29 Link Corridor, and improve the quality of life for local residents through a significant reduction in passing traffic.
Speaking at the launch, Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness said: “The A29 is an important part of the north/south roads network to the west of Lough Neagh linking Armagh to Coleraine. The local community around Carland has long awaited the delivery of this project as have the travelling public. I welcome the opportunity to be here today to take part in the official opening and I think the benefits of the scheme will be appreciated for generations to come.”