Green light for A6 upgrade work

Upgrade work on the Derry to Dungiven road has been given the green light following a £107m boost to DRD coffers.

Transport Minister Conor Murphy has reaffirmed his commitment to getting construction work on the massive dualling project within the 2011-1015 budget period.

He confirmed the intention after the DRD was allocated more than £2b in the budget with the additional money being sourced from various efficiencies, savings and revenue raising exercises.

The Minister said: “With a 40% reduction in the Executive’s overall capital funding from Treasury over the budget period, I have continued to make the case for infrastructure and transport with the Executive.

“I welcome the additional £107million allocated to my department over this budget period. This additional funding will allow for the start of road improvements on the A6 and I believe the Dungiven Bypass will be the priority.”

Meanwhile, Mr Murphy has announced plans to invest in the Derry to Coleraine railway line.

Sinn Fein MLA Raymond McCartney said the upgrade will allow for “higher speed” train travel from Derry: “It is important that Derry benefits from a railway service that has the ability to compete with road transport and the only way that that can be done is to upgrade the line. This line has been neglected even up to the last Executive when the UUP and SDLP imposed a halt on all work on the line. At a time when the price of fuel is increasing it is important that the people of Derry are offered an alternative to the car and this project will go some way in providing that,” he added.