The existing single carriageway, Hillhead Road between The Creagh and the western end of the Castledawson Bypass, would be retained to provide local access to The Creagh and the surrounding area.
DfI Roads has carried out extensive research and consultation to ensure that the new dual carriageway between Toome and Castledawson does not upset the ecologically important wetlands around Lough Beg. These wetlands are nationally and internationally protected and regularly support over 20,000 waterfowl including over wintering Whooper Swans and Bewick's Swans. The Whooper Swan feeding habitat, affected by the road, is entirely outside the nationally and internationally protected wetlands and measured against the vast Lough Neagh and Lough Beg wetland, the area lost is very tiny.
Scheme Assessment Reports
DfI Roads has carried out a comprehensive appraisal of the scheme. Three reports have been prepared; the level of detail and coverage of the report is appropriate to the type of decision that can reasonably be taken at each stage.
- A6 Toome to Castledawson - stage 1 scheme assessment report
- A6 Toome to Castledawson - stage 2 scheme assessment report
- A6 Toome to Castledawson - stage 3 scheme assessment report
An environmental statement is a detailed report on the findings of an environmental impact assessment carried out on the proposed scheme. In particular it describes, assesses and gives weight to the predicted environmental effects (adverse and beneficial) the scheme would have and details the measures proposed to reduce or eliminate those effects.
Before construction of a stategic road improvement scheme can proceed, DfI Roads must make a number of statutory orders and seek approval of an environmental impact assessment.
Publication of Draft Statutory Orders
DfI Roads published Draft Statutory Orders (Trunk Road Order and Vesting Order) and an environmental statement for the proposed scheme on Wednesday 12 March 2007.
Given the nature of the proposals and the likelihood that a number of the objections to the draft orders and environmental statement could not be resolved, the Minister for Infrastructure approved the holding of a Public Inquiry to give objectors, supporters, DfI Roads and others a fair opportunity to be heard and to question the case for and against the dual carriageway proposal.
Inspector's report, Departmental statement and confirmed Orders
After considering the Inspector’s Report, the Department will decide to confirm, modify or reject the scheme.
- A6 Toome to Castledawson - Inspector's report
- A6 Toome to Castledawson - Departmental statement
- A6 Toome to Castledawson - confirmed Orders
- A6 Toome to Castledawson - Departmental Statement March 2011
- A6 Toome to Castledawson - dualling scheme - Vesting Order
DfI Roads recognises the importance of community information events in the development of major road schemes and holds exhibitions at key stages to inform and to facilitate community involvement in its decision making process.
Contains photographs of the existing and proposed road.