Hazzard welcomes progress on Newry Southern Relief Road
Sinn Féin’s Chris Hazzard MP has welcomed the announcement by the Department for Infrastructure (DfI) that a preferred route for the Newry Southern Relief Road has been selected.
The move is a key step forward for the major infrastructure project that will provide a road link from the A2 Warrenpoint Carriageway to the A1/NI Dublin Belfast corridor - a route that is increasingly seen as one of the most strategic transport links in Ireland.
The South Down MP commented:
“During my time as Infrastructure Minister I was keen to prioritise this project and include it within the strategic forward planning schedule. I am delighted that it continues to advance through the statutory processes and will now move to a full Environmental Impact Assessment and extensive public consultation on the preferred route.
"This is great news for local commuters and the wider Newry and South Down business community who have been campaigning for an end to the congestion in Newry city.
“Not only will the delivery of this key infrastructure project improve journey times and accessibility to both Newry City and Warrenpoint Port, but it will also significantly improve road safety and traffic congestion within the local area.
“I want to thank departmental officials for their diligence and efforts in bringing this project forward in partnership with the local community. For our part, Sinn Féin will continue to liaise with all involved as we work towards the successful delivery of this highly anticipated project.”