Regional Development Minister Danny Kennedy has opened the £1.67million Madams Bank Road reconstruction scheme in Derry.
The Minister said: “This scheme will further improve travelling conditions for the people of the north west and complements the £2.75million Culmore Road Roundabout scheme which I opened in October 2011. The road is a key part of the North Western Key Transport Corridor connecting Belfast to Londonderry City and on to Donegal.
“This strategic road has been strengthened and widened to four lanes to significantly increase capacity of the road.
“In addition the scheme has provided a 3.25 metre wide shared footway and cycle track on each side of the widened road from the Culmore Road to Earhart Park. From Earhart Park to Ballyarnett Roundabout, a two metre wide footway has been provided on each side of the widened road with a link to the established cycle track which runs along the base of the embankment.”
Danny Kennedy welcomed the Principal and pupils from the nearby Steelstown Primary School to the opening. The school lies close to the road improvements and the pupils can now use the widened footways and cycling facilities. The Minister also thanked the principal contractor FP McCann Ltd for delivering the scheme with minimal disruption to the travelling public.
Foyle MLA, Colum Eastwood, welcomed the completion of the road. The SDLP MLA said that he hopes the scheme will result in improved conditions for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians.
“This was a major scheme on the Madam’s Bank Road. I would like to thank motorists and the public for their patience whilst the works were being carried out,” he says.
“Now complete, I sincerely hope these improvement works will result in better conditions for residents in the area and in Derry generally.
“Increasingly over recent years there has been major traffic congestion in the Steelstown and Culmore areas. In the past as a councillor, and now as an MLA, I have long lobbied for measures to alleviate this congestion.
“It is my hope that the combination of recent road works in these areas will help ease the congestion experienced by motorists in recent years.”
This scheme was part-funded through the INTERREG 4A Programme for Northern Ireland, the Border Region of Ireland and Western Scotland.