Kearney welcomes opening of Zone Two phase of A6 Dualling Scheme
Sinn Féin MLA Declan Kearney has welcomed the opening of the seven kilometre Zone Two section of the A6 Dualling Scheme between Randalstown and Toome.
Speaking from the new A6 carriageway, the South Antrim MLA said:
“I am delighted to see the Randalstown to Toome section of the new A6 Dualling Scheme open to traffic and within the designated timeframe for completion.
“While there remains a very short one way merger system in the area of the M22 Junction 3 to facilitate some finishing works, this will only be in place for a further four weeks, after which time the entire Zone Two phase will be officially opened.
“This piece of new roads infrastructure will be absolutely vital to servicing the twenty thousand road users travelling through South Antrim and South Derry. Travel times will improve and that will be of significant strategic benefit for the regional economy.
“Although this section of the Dualling Scheme has been completed to a high standard, a number of concerns have been raised with me by local residents about various adverse impacts caused by the site works.
“As a result, I have engaged directly with the Department of Infrastructure and the contractors to seek resolution on these issues which include soil and fill disposal locations; land levels; drainage problems; vehicular noise; and damaged fencing.
“Following a series of recent site meetings between Department officials, the contractors, local constituents, and myself, I am now hopeful these problems will be positively resolved.
“I have requested both the Department and contractors ensure time framed proposals are presented to constituents aimed at delivering the appropriate solutions.
“In the meantime, I will continue to review progress in addressing these concerns, and also look forward to the many benefits which will flow from this major flagship project, not least improved journey times and increased road safety.”