Council receives an update on key infrastructure projects for Antrim & Newtownabbey Council

Date published: 21 December 2021

Antrim & Newtownabbey Council members have been updated by the Department for Infrastructure on works being undertaken in 2021/22.

Speaking as he addressed council members yesterday evening Divisional Roads Manager, Mr Colin Hutchinson, said:

“This year we have continued to deliver our programmes whilst dealing with the impacts of Covid-19 on our organisation and contractors. 

“Major resurfacing schemes have recently been completed on the A52 Belfast Road at Nutt’s Corner, Staffordstown Road, Toome, Mill Road Newtownabbey and Springvale Road, Ballyclare.  Further major resurfacing schemes programmed for completion this financial year include the A6 at New Street, Randalstown, Antrim Road, Templepatrick and Lurgan Road and Largy Road, Crumlin.  These schemes are due to be commenced very shortly.

“I am also pleased to note continued good progress on construction of the A6 Dungiven to Drumahoe dualling project and I can confirm that it is on target for completion next year.”

Mr Hutchinson also highlighted Minister Mallon’s commitment to investing in improved safety measures outside schools and informed members of a further 8 locations across the council area where 20 mph speed limits will be provided outside schools in this financial year.

Continuing Mr Hutchinson added:  

“I am pleased to note that on the Capital side allocations are broadly similar to last year.  Resource allocations will allow the Department to maintain the road network in a similar way to last year.”

"Mr Hutchinson also updated members on active travel and blue/ green projects for the Antrim & Newtownabbey Council area.   He commented that since coming to office Minister Mallon has emphasised her commitment to improving active travel and this year is investing £20million in her Blue/Green fund, with £11million towards active travel.  She has also created a number of new posts across the Department to help deliver more opportunities for walking, wheeling and cycling."

Mr Hutchinson continued:

“Road safety for pedestrians and cyclists is also paramount and plans are underway for further schemes. These include a scheme to upgrade pedestrian and cycle provision at O’Neill Road, Newtownabbey and Scullion’s Road, Glengormley.”

Concluding Mr Hutchinson said: 

“Local officials will continue to develop local transport and safety schemes and maintenance programmes to enhance safety, improve traffic flow and provide measures for pedestrians and cyclists.”

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