A6 Derry - Dungiven dulling moves to next stage
Sinn Féin Regional Development Minister, Conor Murphy, today announced the next stage of the £250million upgrade to the A6 from Derry to Dungiven.
This announcement marks the beginning of an examination of scheme options to enable the selection of a preferred route.
This upgrade, which will provide 30km of dual carriageway between Derry and Dungiven, and incorporate a bypass of Dungiven, will be the biggest single road scheme ever built in the North.
The Minister said "This scheme will bring significant benefits to those using the strategic A6 route linking Belfast with the North West. Journey times will be reduced and road users will benefit from improved levels of road safety. The scheme, which will generate wider social and economic benefits, represents a massive investment in the North West and signals my commitment to the region.
"Route options for a dual carriageway will be developed and presented at public exhibitions. Feedback from these consultations will be considered, along with the assessment of environmental, safety, economic, accessibility and integration issues before a preferred option is chosen.
"In conjunction with other proposals currently being progressed on the A6, once this scheme is complete 75% of the route from Belfast to Derry will be to dual carriageway or motorway standard."
A preliminary study has been carried out on the positioning of the new road, which has recommended a track of land loosely based around the line of the existing road. This will now be taken forward and examined in greater detail. It will be a number of years before all the statutory procedures are completed and the construction can commence.
NOTES TO EDITORS:
- The A6 connects Belfast to Derry, via Toome, Maghera and Dungiven and is designated as a Key Transport Corridor.
- The route is of motorway standard from Belfast to Randalstown (M2/M22) and part of the A6 has been improved to dual carriageway at Toome. A further scheme to construct a dual carriageway from Castledawson Roundabout to the Toome Bypass and from the Bypass to the start of the M22 at Randalstown is now being progressed through the statutory procedures.
- Roads Service appraised a number of potential corridors for the new road in a preliminary study and compared the significant consequences of investing in this road proposal against the Government's five objectives for transport, namely Environment, Safety, Economy, Accessibility and Integration.
Roads Service and its consultants will consult widely on the planning of this scheme.
- Because of the size of the commission, the scheme will be split between two major consultants, Scott Wilson and Faber Maunsell. Work will now concentrate on the selected corridor and the development of a preferred route within that corridor. It is anticipated that this route will be published in the first half of 2009.