Public inquiry to be held into A5 road proposal

A public inquiry is to be held into the planned Derry to Aughnacloy dual carriageway after than 2,000 objections were lodged.

Regional Development Minister Conor Murphy announced the move yesterday following the publication of the results of the public consultation into A5 Western Transport Corridor dualling project.

Mr Murphy said it was important that a public inquiry be held to “discuss and debate the issues of contention”.

“Projects of this scale will usually result in the holding of a Public Inquiry but, because of the length of the project and the extent of the interest, it has been decided that the A5 Public Inquiry will be held at a number of locations along the route.

“I welcome the interest in the project and hope that many of the matters of concern can be addressed either before or at the Public Inquiry which is likely to commence in May 2011.”

Meanwhile, the minister has confirmed that A6 dualling project from Derry to Dungiven is on hold until at least 2015.

Responding to a Parliamentary Question from Derry MLA Pól Callaghan, his answer did not offer any certainty that the project will go ahead after 2015.