Infrastructure Minister Chris Hazzard has announced his decision to proceed with the A6 Randalstown to Castledawson Dualling Scheme, which represents an investment of £160 million.
The scheme will provide approximately 14.7 kilometres of new dual carriageway: 7.3 kilometres between Randalstown and Toome and 7.4 kilometres between Toome and Castledawson.
Minister Chris Hazzard said:
“One of my key priorities over the next five years is redressing the North’s infrastructure deficit, particularly west of the Bann.
“I am determined to contribute towards economy growth in a regionally balanced way and I believe it is vital that infrastructure projects such as this are prioritized.
“My commitment to this area in delivering this £160 million flagship investment will strengthen the links between Belfast and Derry and positively develop the A6 as a key transport route into the wider North West area.
“Road users and the local community will directly benefit from this new all-purpose dual carriageway as it will reduce journey times and improve road safety.
“I am confident that my decision to proceed with the scheme will come as welcome news for the construction industry and I look forward to continuing work to deliver the project with the Joint Venture contractor for the project Grahams/Farrans.”
Within the scheme, there will be a considerable focus on social sustainability incorporating targeted recruitment and training opportunities for both young and long-term unemployed people.
The Department is now moving to make the necessary vesting, which is aimed at facilitating construction works to progress in October. Advanced ground investigation work has already commenced and archaeological investigatory work is due to commence in the coming week.
Notes to editors:
- The A6 forms part of the North-Western Key Transport Corridor and is the main road connecting the major hub cities of Belfast and Derry. It provides an important link for business, commuters, local residents and tourism. This section of the A6 currently carries approximately 18,000 vehicles per day and suffers congestion at peak times.
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