Two years after it was first suggested, details of an alternative route for the proposed A6 Derry to Dungiven dual carriageway have been revealed by the Transport Minister.
The Minister, UUP MLA Danny Kennedy, revealed in November that a request had been made during the public inquiry process for an alternative route to be considered.
Speaking in the Assembly, the Minister said: “The A6 Derry to Dungiven dualling scheme, which includes a bypass at Dungiven, is well advanced in its development. It has been through public inquiry, and the inspector has produced a report containing a number of recommendations. Those include a request to consider an alternative route in the vicinity of Dungiven. That work is continuing, and, when I am satisfied that all issues have been appropriately reviewed, a number of which are complex, I will issue a departmental statement.”
This week, East Derry MLA Cathal Ó hOisín asked the Minister for details about the alternative route. Mr Kennedy replied: “The Preferred Route, presented by my officials at the Public Inquiry, bypasses Dungiven to the south of the town. The alternative route, which was presented by a third party on the final day of the Public Inquiry, deviates from the preferred line over a length of 2.8 km, also to the south of Dungiven in the vicinity of the Rivers Roe and Owenrigh.”
The Minister outlined the costs in November: “The A6 Derry to Dungiven scheme cost estimates for the three sections are as follows: for the Dungiven bypass, between £55 million and £65 million; between the Caw roundabout and the Maydown roundabout, between £45 million and £50 million; and the 25-kilometre section between the Maydown roundabout and the Derrychrier Road, between £290 million and £305 million.”