ROADS MINISTER ANNOUNCES THE PREFERRED ROUTE FOR THE DERRY TO DUNGIVEN BY-PASS
Roads Minister Conor Murphy today announced the preferred route for the proposed 30 kilometre Derry to Dungiven dual carriageway, including a dual carriageway bypass of Dungiven.
Speaking in Dungiven, the Minister said: "This is great news for the people living in the north west region. I know how much this means for local people who I have met with with many times to hear at first-hand their desire to progress this major road development. Today's announcement is a key milestone in the planning of this major road scheme for the northwest.
"Delivering balanced regional infrastructure is a key objective of my Department. Tackling regional disparities and reversing decades of under investment west of the Bann is vital. This investment is central to the Executive's priorities for Derry and for the northwest, as a whole, in maximising and realising its full economic potential.
"Selection of the preferred route proved challenging as there are many important environmental features and of course a rich and varied landscape in the northwest. I believe the preferred route is an equitable balance of socio-economic and environmental considerations.
“For the people of Dungiven, their town will be transformed. When the scheme opens, there will be a marked change in traffic through the town, with the bypass eventually removing up to 10,000 vehicles per day. Traffic related pollutants are expected to reduce significantly for many properties in Main Street and beyond. Air quality will improve with pollution dropping below National Air Quality Standards at all locations in Dungiven.
“I can assure the people of Dungiven that we are pressing ahead with this scheme as quickly as possible."
Public exhibitions to inform the public about the preferred route are being held at two venues:
The Dungiven Community Hall, 3 Chapel Road Dungiven on: Wednesday 6 May from 1.00pm to 9.00pm Thursday 7 May from 1.00pm to 9.00pm
The YMCA, 51 Glenshane Road, Drumahoe on: Tuesday 12 May from 1.00pm to 9.00pm Wednesday 13 May from 1.00 to 9.00pm
Staff from Roads Service and their advisors will be available to answer questions.