A6 Randalstown to Castledawson - Notice of Intention to Make a Vesting Order

Consultation opened on 19 January 2015. Closing date 20 March 2015.


The scheme located on the North Western Corridor which links Belfast to Londonderry, will provide a dual carriageway from the M22 Motorway at Randalstown to the Castledawson Roundabout. A total of 14km of new dual carriageway will be constructed as part of the scheme. This will be in two sections:
1. 7.3km from the end of the M22 at Randalstown to the Toome Bypass
2. 6.7 km from Toome Bypass to the Castledawson roundabout

The proposed road is a high standard dual carriageway. It has no private accesses, no central reserve crossovers and with the minimum of junctions. This standard of dual carriageway has considerable benefits for the road user.

The draft Statutory Orders (Trunk Road Order and Vesting Order) and environmental statement for the proposed scheme were published in March 2007. A public inquiry into the scheme was held in November 2007 and the Inspector recommended that the road go ahead. However, he also recommended that the design of the connections to Bellshill Road and Annaghmore Road, near Castledawson, be revisited as they were not acceptable in their designed form. An alternative grade-separated junction at Annaghmore Road/Bellshill Road has been proposed and planning permission for this was granted in December 2014.

The Notice of Intention to Proceed and Direction Order was published in March 2011 for the scheme as a whole. The Notice of Intention to make a Vesting Order has now been republished for the proposed work in Planning Application.


Consultation description

The Department for Regional Development proposes to make an order vesting certain lands in the townlands of Annaghmore, Shanemullagh, Tamnadeese, Tamniaran, County Londonderry in the Department under the Local Government Act (Northern Ireland) 1972 and The Roads (Northern Ireland) Order 1993.

The Department proposes to acquire the lands for the construction of a junction to connect Annaghmore Road and Bellshill Road at Castledawson to the proposed Toome to Castledawson  Dual Carriageway.

Inspect the Order

A map of the lands may be inspected at all reasonable hours at the TransportNI offices of the Department:

Northern Division
County Hall
Castlerock Road
BT51 3HS
County Hall
182 Galgorm Road
BT42 1QG
Room 2.13
Clarence Court
10-18 Adelaide Street

and at the offices of:

Magherafelt District Council
50 Ballyronan Road
BT45 6EN
Magherafelt Library
The Bridewell
6 Church Street
BT45 6AN  


Your Opinion

Anyone who wishes to object to the proposed vesting order being made must write before Friday 20 March, giving your reasons to: 

The Divisional Manager
Department of Regional Development
TransportNI - Northern Division
County Hall
Castlerock Road
BT51 3HS

Information you provide in your response, including personal information, could be published or disclosed under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) or the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (EIR). For further details on confidentiality and FOIA/EIR please refer to https://ico.org.uk/.

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