DRD moves to vest land in Tyrone for A5 scheme

Cattle graze contently on pastures which will carry the new A5 motorway.  A water drill marker, where the new road will run through, is fences off in the foreground.
Cattle graze contently on pastures which will carry the new A5 motorway. A water drill marker, where the new road will run through, is fences off in the foreground.
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Plans for the compulsory purchase of lands in Tyrone for the construction of the A5 are to be published this week.

The Department of Regional Development has published a notice, stating that it will begin the vesting of certain property in several rural townlands in the county, in today’s ‘Journal’.

The department proposes to make an order vesting lands, under the Local Government Act and The Roads Order, in the townlands of Ballydonaghy, Cloghcor, Drumgauty, Killadroy, Lisbeg, Tamnabrady, Tattykeel, Tullanafoile and Woodend, County Tyrone.

A DRD spokesperson said : “The additional vested areas are permanent and are required to facilitate recommendations arising out of the public inquiry which was held last year. The majority of the proposals being implemented are suggestions made by landowners at the public inquiry.

“The Inspector’s Report on the Public Inquiry into the proposed scheme was received in February 2012. Roads Service officials are now considering the Report’s recommendations and hope to publish the Departmental statement, outlining the Department’s position on the Report’s findings and recommendations, in early summer.”

Earlier this year DRD Minister Danny Kennedy secured almost £1.5 billion investment in road infrastructure, which breathed fresh life into the stricken A5 plans after the Republic’s Government rowed back on its previous commitment to the project.

The revised budget means that over the next four years Roads Service can bring forward significant elements of the A5 dual carriageway project, between Derry and Strabane, and Omagh and Ballygawley.

The Minister said: “This investment will provide a significant boost to the local economy and help to encourage inward investment.

“It will provide job security for many and create, much needed, jobs in the construction industry, across environmental and engineering consultancies, suppliers, contractors, infrastructure specialists and others. It will also offer opportunities for the long-term unemployed, apprentices and students.

“In the longer term it will serve as a catalyst for wider economic growth. If we want Northern Ireland to prosper we have to construct the infrastructure to enable us to compete effectively.”

The A5 is one of five key transport corridors identified in the Regional Development Strategy to improve road safety and reduce journey times.”