Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon today confirmed her intention to proceed with the Enniskillen Southern Bypass scheme and make the statutory orders, having considered all of the environmental information and responses to the consultation of the scheme and the draft orders.
Minister Mallon said:
“I have made it plain that my focus is on doing what I can to improve the lives of people in Northern Ireland. I have made clear my commitment to making road improvements to tackle regional imbalance, improving the economy, job opportunities, connecting communities and improving road safety. In June last year, I asked officials to work at pace to continue the development of a number of strategic road schemes, including the Enniskillen Southern Bypass. The necessary scheme development work has now been completed and I am pleased to announce a decision to proceed with the scheme in Enniskillen.”
Continuing, the Minister said:
“I acutely recognise that this scheme is of significant importance to the town of Enniskillen and the surrounding area. It will provide a new transport link to the southern side of the town, improving the connection between the A4 Dublin Road and the A4 Sligo Road. The bypass will also help to significantly alleviate traffic congestion in Enniskillen town centre, reducing delays, improving average journey times by approximately 50% and improving road safety.
“To reshape our places and kick start our green recovery, I am also pleased to announced that as part of my commitment to deliver green and sustainable infrastructure this scheme will also serve to enhance the town centre environment by improving air quality and noise levels and will see the introduction of active travel measures to enhance the experience of locals and visitors alike.”
Progression of the scheme to construction stage will be subject to the satisfactory completion of the statutory procedures, and in securing the necessary funding in future years.
Notes to editors:
- The purpose of the scheme is to provide a direct link between the A4 Dublin Road to the east of the town and the A4 Belcoo Road to the west via the A509 Derrylin Road, and onwards to Sligo.
- The project will involve the construction of 2 kilometres of new single carriageway, including a 3 metre cycleway / footway, two new roundabouts and two river bridges. There will be overtaking lanes provided at each end of the new road. The existing A509 Derrylin Road will also be improved, between its junction with the new road and the A4 Sligo Road and will include a 3 metre cycleway / footway.
- The total cost of the bypass scheme is estimated to be within the range of £25m to £30million. Progression of the scheme to construction stage will be subject to the satisfactory completion of the statutory procedures, and in securing the necessary funding in future Budget years.
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