£75m funding boost for A5 upgrade

Former Regional Development Minister Danny Kennedy pictured with the earlier plans for the A5.

Former Regional Development Minister Danny Kennedy pictured with the earlier plans for the A5.

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Confirmation that £75m is to be made available to upgrade the Derry to Dublin road via Strabane has been welcomed.

The funding package for the start of the A5 upgrade - the largest planned road project on the island of Ireland - has been secured as part of the new agreement.

Sinn Féin Foyle MLA Raymond McCartney said: “The A5 upgrade is one of the most major infrastructural projects which has been planned in recent years and has the potential to transform the economy of the north west of Ireland.

“I welcome the fact that the Irish government have restated their support for the A5 project in this agreement.

“£75 million is now committed for this vital infrastructural project.”

Work on the first section on the upgrade from Newbuildings to Strabane is ready to begin in 2017, as soon as the remaining planning issues are resolved, and is due to be completed in 2019.”

This will see the redevelopment of the road from Newbuildings to north of Strabane.

“Sinn Féin has committed that work will start as soon as possible and we are determined to see the second phase of the A5 upgrade from Omagh to Aughnacloy start at the same time in 2017,” Mr McCartney said.

“This progress on the road is welcome and I look forward to the full completion of the A5 project as soon as possible.”