Council gets update on infrastructure projects for Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough

Date published: 26 November 2018

Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council members have been updated on programmed works on the road network by the Department for Infrastructure.

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Speaking as he addressed Council members this evening, Divisional Roads Manager, David Porter said:

“As the result of the significantly increased capital allocation we have been able to deliver an enhanced level of resurfacing across the Division. The completed resurfacing schemes include those at Oldstone Road, Doagh Road, Templepatrick Road at Templepatrick and, A6 Antrim Road at Glengormley.

“These schemes will realise significant benefits for both the local community and commuters in the Antrim and Newtownabbey area.”

Mr Porter continued:

“The initial 2018/2019 roads capital budget was £75million, and of that, £15million had been set aside for a Roads Recovery Fund.  This is being used to address areas of immediate need across the road network, including locations with significant numbers of potholes caused by the cold winter and those roads damaged by the prolonged hot weather in June and July.

“The Road Recovery Fund has enabled the Department to target a programme of resurfacing schemes across the area.  These included works at Grange Road, Niblock Road and Upper Rickamore Road, Antrim; Derrygowan Road and Ballylurgan Road, Randalstown and also at Merville Garden Village in Newtownabbey.  In addition, over 30 stretches, ranging from 65m to 500m in length, have been resurfaced at various locations throughout the Borough.

“This year our maintenance programme has included a grass cutting service to ensure all roadside verges and sightlines were cut at least twice in the period April‑October, and a full weed spraying service has also been ongoing during this period.” 

In relation to the salting of roads, Mr Porter added:

“The Department is planning to deliver a Winter Service, as in recent years.  Staff and equipment are ready to be deployed as and when required.” 

Mr Porter concluded:

“I am particularly excited by the recent announcement about the Belfast Region City deal and, look forward to being involved with the infrastructure projects included in the bid.”

Notes to editors: 

  1. All media queries should be directed to the Department for Infrastructure Press Office on 028 9054 0007 or email: press.office@infrastructure-ni.gov.uk.  Out of office hours please contact the duty press officer on 028 9037 8110.
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