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Consultation on Derry - Belfast road route flawed

8 February, 2005

Sinn Féin Regional Development spokesperson, Foyle MLA Raymond McCartney has said that unless the proposed consultation by the DRD Road Service on the road route between Belfast and Derry comes up with a motorway then they are wasting time and money.

Mr McCartney said:

"The DRD Road Service are carrying out a consultation on what is the best way of connecting Derry and Belfast by road when everyone knows that a motorway is needed. Rather than wasting money on this consultation that, given the terms of reference, will deliver less than is required what we need is a commitment that a motorway will be built.

"At a time when the Dublin Government are proposing a motorway between Dublin and Derry to service the North West region it is sad to see such deeply flawed proposals from DRD Road Services. This proposal is for an extension of the dual carriageway between Randalstown and Castledawson and the inserting of strategic overtaking lanes along the rest of the route. This is totally unacceptable.

"In order for the North West region to develop to its full potential it needs to have a first class infrastructure that will service business, tourism and industry and this includes a motorway. The DRD Road Service should consult with the Dublin Government to explore ways in which they can extend the proposed Dublin-Derry motorway to Belfast to connect the these three key Irish cities." ENDS

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