Use A5 money for Buncrana Road update - Hassan

Councillor Tony Hassan.
Councillor Tony Hassan.

Money allocated to the beleaguered A5 road scheme should now go towards the redevelopment of one of Derry’s busiest roads, a Sinn Fein councillor has said.

Tony Hassan said the he welcomes plans to use at least some of the money in the North West and says Derry’s Buncrana Road would benefit from an immediate upgrade.

“As a major arterial route connecting Derry with Donegal the Buncrana Road is not capable of taking the volume of traffic that use it on a daily basis

“I am calling on Road Service to upgrade it now rather than wait until the scheduled 2018/2020 time line. What I would like to see is the Buncrana Road is adequately developed and that it will consist of four lanes of traffic.

“Major developments have taken place on the Skeoge Road, Culmore Roundabout and the widening of the Madams Bank Road only adds argument to upgrading the Buncrana Road now.

“The first phase of the upgrade could be from the Skeoge Roundabout to the border corridor with Donegal. This section of the road is in a particular poor state and needs a serious amount of work carried out on it. The lighting on this stretch of road is poor to near non-existent and this needs to be rectified as a matter of urgency, as a safety matter.

“As the councillor for the greater Shantallow area I would again call on Road Service and the Minister Danny Kennedy to complement the Skeoge Link by starting the upgrade of Buncrana Road immediately,” he said.