Minister pledges revamp boost

DSD Minister Alex Attwood plans to boost Derry’s regeneration drive to aid investment and tourism.

Mr Attwood made the pledge while making several good news announcement’s for the city on Tuesday.

Following a visit to Victoria Road to see for himself its transformation, which is being part funded by his department, he said further similar projects would get his backing.

“The river setting is one of Derry’s major assets and will increasingly help the city to maximise its tourist potential. I want to bring forward more high quality regeneration projects like this one and my department’s City Centre Public Realm scheme, to create a city that residents, visitors and investors will each find attractive. I want to see physical transformation that reflects Derry’s status as the City of Culture in 2013 and creates a lasting legacy for the years beyond.”

He added that the work at Victoria Road - for which his department contributed £420,000 of the total £745,000 - improved driver and pedestrian safety while “considerably enhancing” the main southern approach to the city.

Meanwhile, the 550 metre section of Victoria Road will be closed temporarily to through traffic tomorrow and Sunday to facilitate carriageway resurfacing. Vehicles requiring access to properties on the section of road will be accommodated.

Vehicles travelling from Derry to Strabane will be diverted via B48 Duncastle Road - B49 Berryhill Road while vehicles travelling from Strabane to Derry will be diverted via A38 Lifford Road.