A26 Dualling: Glarryford to A44 Drones Road junction - overview

The A26 is part of the Northern Key Transport Corridor that links Belfast to Antrim, Ballymena, Ballymoney, Coleraine, Limavady and Londonderry.

Scheme overview:

This scheme consisted of the provision of 8km of new dual carriageway between Glarryford and the A44 Drones Road (the Ballycastle Fork). This section was previously a single 2-way carriageway which carried 18,000 vehicles per day. This improvement is predominately online with the section adjacent to the Frosses trees going marginally offline.

Scheme summary:

  • Provision of 8km dual carriageway.

Current status:

  • Constructed

Key dates

  • November 2006 - Community Information Day.
  • October 2007 - Stage 1 Report published.
  • 12 - 13 June 2007 - Stage 1 Public Exhibition held.
  • July 2008 - Stage 2 Report Published (Preferred Route).
  • March 2012 - Environmental statement , the Notice of Intention to Make a Direction Order (NIMDO) and the Notice of Intention to Make a Vesting Order (NIMVO) published.
  • 27 - 28 March 2012 - Public exhibition of the draft orders and Environmental statement held at Tullyglass House Hotel, Ballymena.
  • 5 November 2012 - Public Inquiry held at Tullyglass House Hotel, Ballymena.
  • 21 October 2013 - NI Executive gave the go-ahead for the scheme to be progressed.
  • December 2013 - Inspectors report and Departmental statement published.
  • 27 January 2014 - Advanced works commenced, carried out by Patrick Bradley & Sons. 
  • October 2014 - Contract for the A26 Dualling project awarded to the consortium BAM/McCann. 
  • March 2015 - Construction commenced.
  • 12 June 2017 – Scheme opened

Scheme documents:


Uncovering the history below the A26 Dual Carriageway - Drumadoon in the Early Medieval Period is now available as a book and poster.

Updated February 2024

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