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Need for Armagh road improvements to be raised in Assembly debate

24 April, 2012 - by Cathal Boylan

Newry Armagh Sinn Féin MLA Cathal Boylan will today bring the subject of Armagh road projects to the floor of the Assembly.

Speaking about the adjournment debate Cathal Boylan said:

“I welcome the opportunity to bring the important issues of the North & West Link and the Portadown - Newry Link Road to the chamber today.

“Those who are familiar with travelling through Armagh City, especially at peak times between 8-10am and 4-6pm, will know that the build up of traffic in the city can be atrocious.

"Whether driving to or from Portadown, Newry, Keady, Monaghan or Dungannon, movement between two points, which would be expected to take five minutes actually takes 15-20 minutes, a situation not helped by traffic lights that allow only two or three vehicles through at major junctions.

"I intend to use this debate to highlight the city's strategic location as an administrative hub for bodies such as the North/South Ministerial Council, the Centre for Cross Border Studies and the Ulster GAA.

 “I will also be raising Armagh's tourism potential and its historical and cultural heritage that show a need for movement on both of these road projects which have already been identified as necessary by Armagh City & District Council, Roads Service and the Department of Regional Development."

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