The Armagh Area Plan 2004 includes proposals for single carriageway North Link and West Link roads around the City of Armagh linking from the A3 Portadown Road to the A3 Monaghan Road. These proposals were considered with three other options and an out-of-town corridor was confirmed as the preferred option on 26 June 2008.
The A3 Armagh North and West Link scheme is included in the Regional Strategic Transport Network Transport Plan 2015, published in March 2005. It is listed in the Preparation Pool which contains schemes expected to be implemented within the next 5 years subject to satisfactory completion of the necessary Statutory procedures and the level of funding available at that time. Roads Service (now DfI Roads) has appointed consultants to assist with the development and progression of the scheme. In March 2007 a Consultation Day was held which detailed the process for assessing the route corridor options that were brought forward to Stage 2 preferred corridor assessment and explained the work that would be carried out to assess their suitability.
Three corridors were assessed under engineering, environmental, and transport criteria to determine suitability.
The assessment criteria included:
- environmental impact
The 'preferred route' is being further developed to provide a specimen design based on the preferred out-of-town option, which will be the subject of comprehensive environmental, economic and engineering assessments. Statutory procedures will involve the necessary scheme development and the preparation and publication of a Junction strategy, Environmental statement, together with Notices of Intention to make a Direction Order and a Vesting Order, with the additional prospect of Public inquiries.
- A3 Armagh North and West Link - preferred corridor
- A3 Armagh North and West Link - Stage 1 Scheme assessment report
- 13 March 2006 - Public information day
- 20 March 2007 - Public information day
- 26 June 2008 - Public information day - selection of preferred route corridor
- 11 June 2014 - Associated public information day with Armagh East Link
Construction - within the next five years, subject to satisfactory completion of the necessary Statutory procedures and the level of funding available at that time.
- £56.9M (estimate currently under review)
Updated 24 February 2016