Concerned Pennyburn residents to get another view of Buncrana Road widening plans

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Pennyburn residents worried about the Buncrana Road dualling scheme will have another chance to view the proposals early next year, it’s been revealed.

The Department of Infrastructure is continuing to progress its multi-million pound A2 Buncrana Road corridor proposals, which are deemed critical to the development of Derry given the chronic traffic congestion that now chokes that part of the city on a daily basis.

However, some residents of Farren Park have complained that under the proposals they will no longer be able to access their homes directly from the Buncrana Road while their neighbours in Ardnashee believe new access to Farren Park from the Culmore Road could create a ‘rat run’.

Sinn Féin Councillor Mickey Cooper said several residents had raised concerns about an effective “through-road” through the Ardnashee/Farren Park area under the proposals as they were presented in May.

“This caused concern to many residents and I also raised these concerns with the department,” said the Foyleside DEA councillor.

“I have now been informed by the Department of Infrastructure that they are working towards another public information event in early 2019,” he revealed.

Colr. Cooper said DfI is reviewing its Ardnashee/Farren Park access proposals and that they are now being tested against assessment criteria. Residents’ views are being considered carefully and the results of this process wil be revealed at the information session next year.