O’Dowd commits to progressing A5

Date published: 08 June 2022


Infrastructure Minister John O’Dowd has affirmed his commitment to progressing the A5 Western Transport Corridor (A5WTC) Flagship Project.

Minister for Infrastructure,  John O’Dowd

The Minister’s comments follow a meeting on the A5 project with West Tyrone MP Órfhlaith Begley, Nicola Brogan MLA, Maoliosa McHugh MLA and Declan McAleer MLA.

Minister O’Dowd said: 

“I am determined to do all that I can to progress this significant flagship project.   This road must be upgraded, first and foremost to improve road safety but also as a strategically important route that will contribute to economic growth and improve connectivity across the island.  It is vitally important that the A5 project moves forward without further delay.”

On completion, the A5 WTC project will provide 85 kilometres of new high standard dual carriageway between New Buildings and just south of Aughnacloy.

A public consultation on a new Environmental Statement Addendum and associated documentation, including a new draft Vesting Order required to mitigate environmental impacts concluded last month.  It is hoped that a reconvened public inquiry into the scheme can take place later this year.

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