A6 Public Inquiry announced

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A Public Inquiry is to be held into the proposed 30km, A6 Derry to Dungiven dualling project.

Announcing the inquiry, Regional Development Minister Danny Kennedy said: “it is important that Public Inquiries are held to discuss and debate the issues of contention associated with the published Draft Orders and Environmental Statement. “

The recent formal consultation period associated with the project, which ran from December 14 until March 2, attracted 122 objections and 11 representations.

“The Public Inquiry provides a process where the representations and objections from affected landowners, businesses and local residents can be heard in an open and independent forum. I hope many of the matters of concern can be addressed either before or at the Public Inquiry,” the Minister said.

The Inquiry is scheduled to start towards the end of September 2012.

The A6 Dualling project extends from a new roundabout on the A2 at Stradreagh, passing north of Drumahoe and closely following the route of the existing A6 to beyond Claudy where it then runs to the south of the existing A6, bypassing Dungiven and rejoining the existing A6 just east of Dungiven.

The project also includes widening and realignment of the existing A2 between Caw and Maydown roundabouts and the construction of 27 bridges and underpasses. The total length of the project is 30km.