Road Service ‘vigorously pursuing’ A5

The Divisional Manager of the Road Service has said her department is still committed to delivering the A5 road upgrade project.

Deirdre Mackle made the comment when she delivered the annual Road Service’s divisional report to councillors at the monthly meeting of Derry City Council’s regional services meeting on Tuesday.

Ms Mackel said; “At this stage the department is still vigorously continuing to pursue the A5 corridor project. Consultants are continuing work on the scheme and that will have to go through the normal consultations and statutory requirements.”

She said work is also progressing on the A6 Dungiven bypass project. “A draft vesting order has been prepared but cannot be advertised until funding is found for the scheme. A revised planning application for the Bell’s Hill junction is due later this month and there will be a ministerial commitment on the A6 in September or October,” she said.

Ms Mackel also told councillors that £11.49 million was spent on “managing, upgrading and improving” the road network in the Derry City Council area in the last year.

“That is quite a significant investment,” she said.

The divisional manager also said 19 kilometres of road were resurfaced in the area in the last year at a cost of £2.6 million.

Ms Mackel told councillors that the budget had been reduced for the coming year but said she was optimistic of securing additional funding. “We have submitted a significant bit in the June monitoring rounds and we would be reasonably optimistic that we would be successful,” she said.

Committee chair, Colr. Barney O’Hagan, welcomed the report. “I would like to congratulate Road Service staff and I welcome the commitment on the A5,” he said.

SDLP colr. Martin Reilly also praised the staff and said Council would support Road Service on the A5 issue.