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Progress on £7.2 million investment in Lisburn area

1 December, 2008

Sinn Féin Regional Development Minister Conor Murphy has welcomed Roads Service's progress on investment totalling £7.2million in the Lisburn City Council area this year.

Speaking ahead of tonight's meeting between Roads Service and Lisburn City Council, the Minister said:

"Significant progress continues to be made towards completion of works to improve the M1/Westlink. This capital project is on target to be finalised in early 2009 when its full potential will be realised. Following the opening of the Broadway Underpass in July, work is now nearing completion on the Broadway Roundabout.

"At the same time, an important package of seven graded junction upgrades is underway along the A1 corridor.

"Three junctions have been recently completed with a further four to be delivered by December 2009, including that at Dromore Road, Hillsborough. This contract also includes maintenance of the M1 motorway between Sprucefield and Dungannon, the A1 between Sprucefield and the border and the A101 Sprucefield Link. Further construction works include a scheme to dual the A1 road between Beech Hill and Cloghogue. The upgrade of this section will, in turn, complete provision of an uninterrupted dual carriageway between Lisburn and the border.

"Other schemes which have been completed this financial year include safety barrier provision/replacement at Thiepval Road and Colinglen Road; a junction improvement on the B154 at Quarterland Road/Budore Road, Hannahstown; a collision remedial scheme at Hillhall Road, Hannahstown and parapet replacement at Young's Bridge, Lisburn." ENDS

Note to Editors

The continued investment in local transport and safety measures in the Lisburn City Council area includes traffic calming schemes, measures to assist cyclists and pedestrians and a programme of school travel and safety projects.

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