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£5.1 million to be invested in Down

2 June, 2008

Sinn Féin Regional Development Minister Conor Murphy has announced a £5.1million investment for the Down area this year.

Speaking ahead of this evening's meeting between Roads Service and Down District Council, the Minister outlined progress on a number of major and minor schemes taking place in the area.

The Minister said:

"This year in the Down area we plan to spend £5.1million on various projects; on the Shore Road, Strangford; Killyleagh Road/Crossgar Road, Crossgar; Commons Road, Ballykinlar and at Magheralone Road, Annacloy subject to successful land agreements or vesting. These are in addition to the ongoing extensive programme of smaller local transport and safety measures, as well as resurfacing and surface dressing schemes."

He also said that 2007/08 had been a successful year for Structural Maintenance, after a strong bid by Roads Service for additional funds led to more than £17million of extra funding being allocated to this important function.

"The additional resources mean that around £75million has been invested in the structural maintenance of our roads last year and it is planned to spend a further £200million over the next three years. The maintenance of surfaces and underlying structures of roads and footways is essential for the social and economic well-being in all areas in the north.

"Schemes which have already been completed include drainage, reconstruction and resurfacing of a footway at Harmony Road/Windmill Street, Ballynahinch and sight distance improvements at Clanmaghery Road, Tyrella. A new length of footway linking Drumaness Village to the Newcastle Road is currently under construction." ENDS

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