A6 and Dungiven bypass delay unacceptable - Dallat

SDLP MLA John Dallat
SDLP MLA John Dallat

SDLP MLA for East Derry, John Dallat has spoken of his frustration about delays to the A6 dualling scheme and the Dungiven bypass.

The assemblyman told an Assembly debate on Tuesday the more than 40-year delay regarding Dungiven bypass and the A6 scheme was “unacceptable”.

“It seems to be incredulous that at this late stage the minister is looking at an alternative route for this bypass. Either those in the past got it all wrong, or the minister has some unexplained reason why he is not following the plans which took 40 years to formulate,” said Mr Dallat.

“The current state of play in the north west is that the A5 is stalled, the A6 and the bypass are going nowhere, the railway upgrade has been temporarily sidelined and the Foyle Ferry is tied up. I fear that these issues will remain parked just like the thousands of vehicles on the A6 every day. This stands in the way of addressing the economic and social inequalities that must be faced up to if we are to attract inward investment on a scale that makes a serious dent in unemployment, emigration and low morale that is experienced by many people who trusted this Assembly to deliver change.”

Mr Dallat added: “Without capital investment in roads and rail transport, the serious economic and social deficit will remain, and that is not acceptable.”