Plan for 80-space park and ride facility for Dungiven

Infrastructure Minister Chris Hazzard. (Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.)
Infrastructure Minister Chris Hazzard. (Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.)

There are plans for an 80-space park and ride facility in Dungiven as part of the A6 scheme, it has emerged.

Infrastructure minister, Chris Hazzard, revealed the plans in response to questions from Sinn Fein MLA Caoimhe Archibald and SDLP MLA Gerry Mullan.

“As part of this scheme there are proposals to provide Park and Ride/share facilities, along the proposed A6 dual carriageway, in the vicinity of Dungiven (approximately 80 spaces), Claudy (approximately 45 spaces) and Drumahoe (approximately 200 spaces),” said the minister.

Chris Hazzard said his department is considering an alternative larger site for the Park and Ride facility at Dungiven and, that subject to land acquisition and planning approval, this could proceed ahead of the A6 scheme.

The minister told the ‘Journal’ last week the 5km Dungiven bypass will start in 2018. He said the scheme would take approximately 18 months to complete.

The minister said Transport NI is currently in negotiations with a landowner regarding a potential site for a Park & Ride facility in Dungiven to service the 212 service and other bus connections.

The minister said resources have been earmarked for this. A Department of Infrastructure spokesperson said: “The Department has identified a preferred site and is currently in discussions with the land owner regarding potential purchase, therefore we are not in a position to comment at this time.”