Road works embargo to ensure ‘prosperous Christmas’ for local traders

There will be an embargo on road works on main routes into Derry from November 30 to January 4. The move was made by DRD Minister Michelle McIlveen and is designed to help increase the flow of trade to the city centre.
There will be an embargo on road works on main routes into Derry from November 30 to January 4. The move was made by DRD Minister Michelle McIlveen and is designed to help increase the flow of trade to the city centre.

Department for Regional Development (DRD) Minister Michelle McIlveen announced an embargo on planned road works on major routes into Derry in the run up to the busy Christmas holiday period.

The embargo came into effect on Monday November 30 and will continue until January 4.

“This voluntary arrangement between TransportNI and the utility companies will place a temporary ban on all planned road works on the main routes into Londonderry, except for works which are unavoidable.

“This should help the travelling public during the run-up to Christmas, which is the busiest traffic period of the year and I would like to thank the utilities, who have all fully co-operated with this initiative,” said the Minister.

Jim Roddy, City Centre Manager, also welcomed the embargo.

“City Centre Initiative warmly welcomes this agreement. It will help ensure that retailers, shoppers and visitors have a prosperous Christmas and it will, undoubtedly, assist trade, traffic and vibrancy in the city.”