A29 Cookstown Bypass - overview

DfI Roads Western Division are progressing the design and development of the A29 Cookstown Bypass. Details of the scheme and development of scheme assessment reports is detailed below.

Need for scheme

At present, the A29 runs north to south through the centre of Cookstown, County Tyrone, connecting Coleraine on the north coast to Cookstown, Dungannon and onwards to Armagh City.  The A29 is a trunk road and has been classified as one of four link corridors within the transport network of Northern Ireland.

A29 Cookstown congestion
A29 Cookstown congestion
Through the town centre of Cookstown the A29 acts as a spine road serving both strategic (through) traffic and local traffic.  The conflicting trips create congestion, causing delays and driver frustration.  The needs of public transport and pedestrians also add to the congestion.

The removal of through traffic from the town centre would assist in reducing conflict between strategic and local traffic and thus assist in the reduction of both congestion and the risk of accidents.  The current adverse effects of severance, noise, air quality and the impact on townscape are also likely to be reduced.  This is expected to improve the quality of life for residents and attract more visitors and shoppers to the historic wide street town.

The proposed scheme

An alternative bypass route is proposed within the Eastern Corridor including improvements to the Sandholes Link Road.

The route has been designed as a wide single carriageway, rural all purpose road, with hard strips and verges on both sides with a design speed of 100kph (60mph).  

The route commences at the Loughry roundabout, on the A29 Dungannon Road south of Cookstown. Heading north on embankment (max height 8m), the route crosses the Ballinderry River. The route then passes between the river and the WwTW.  A climbing lane is introduced at the WwTW in the northbound direction to enable overtaking on an incline to the north.

The route continues north, crossing Castle Road with direct access provided on the east side of the road. The west side of the existing road is stopped up. Killymoon Road passes over the alignment at the north end of this cutting via a new overbridge.

The alignment then follows the boundary of housing at Golf View through Killymoon Golf Course.  The route curves to the east passing to the east of housing at Festival Park and joining Cloghog Road with a four arm roundabout.  Provision has been made for widening Cloghog Road between this proposed roundabout and the junction with Molesworth Road / Fountain Road to aid accessibility between the route and the town. The road crosses above the B73 Coagh Road on a new bridge and provision has been made for improvement to the substandard bend on Clare Lane to improve accessibility for local traffic and access to the route from the east.

Old Coagh Road is crossed with this road stopped up on both sides.  The route then continues north crossing a disused railway before curving to the north west. The alignment continues north west to join the A29 Moneymore Road at Tamlagh Road, as a four arm roundabout.  The A route alignment is 4.26km long. (3.95km of new carriageway construction and 0.31km of Moneymore Road dual carriageway widening).

Current position

The scheme has attained DfI Roads' Gateway 1 approval and work has begun on the preparation of the stage 3 scheme assessment report and the Environmental Statement.

Scheme documents

Updated 14 August 2015

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