TransportNI gives update on infrastructure programme for Mid-Ulster

Date published: 05 December 2016


TransportNI Divisional Network Maintenance Manager, Alan McMurray, has met with Mid-Ulster District Council to update members on the Department for Infrastructure’s programme for the area and progress on schemes underway in Mid-Ulster‎.

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Addressing Mid-Ulster’s Council, Mr McMurray said:

“In the next six months, the Mid-Ulster areas will see the completion of a number of infrastructure projects that will realise significant benefits for both the local community and commuters.

“The A31 Magherafelt Bypass was officially opened on 6 October 2016. This 6 Kilometre project represents an investment of £35 million and entailed the construction of a single carriageway, with sections of 2+1 overtaking lanes.  The bypass has brought immediate benefits to everyone in the Mid-Ulster area and will do so for decades to come. 

“The coming months will see carriageway upgrades completed including, a resurfacing scheme at Annagh Road Sandholes and a new cycleway on Fountain Road, Cookstown.  A new £350,000 extension to Castledawson Park and Share has just commenced and will be substantially completed this financial year.  A range of other local traffic and safety measures have also already been delivered.” 

Mr McMurray also advised Council that additional funding secured in the October monitoring would facilitate the delivery of a further £1.4 million of structural maintenance work in the Council area this financial year.

Concluding Mr McMurray said: 

“It is also worth noting other infrastructure works recently completed in the area including a forward sight line improvement at Mayogall Road in Ballymacpeak, resurfacing on the A6 Glenshane Road and a right turning facility at Ballagh Road in Clogher.  By the end of the financial year, it is hoped that a combined total of £4.3 million will be spent on road works across the Mid-Ulster Council area.

“In addition, more than 290 locations on rural roads will receive treatment under the Rural Roads Initiative at a cost of £1.6 million.” 

Notes to editors: 

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