Roads Service praised for work in Derry

Danny Kennedy
Danny Kennedy

The North’s Transport Minister has congratulated Roads Service on their work in Derry over the past year.

Danny Kennedy says a record number of schemes - at a cost of close to £3million - have been completed in the city over the last 12 months.

Representatives of Roads Service met yesterday with Derry City Council.

Mr Kennedy says “Roads Service is using its available resources effectively and continuing to deliver quality public services.”

“I am pleased to note that work on the A6 Londonderry to Dungiven dual carriageway scheme is progressing well. The Environmental Statement, draft Direction Order and draft Vesting Order Roads Service have been published. When objections have been fully considered I will make a decision on holding a Public Inquiry into the proposals.

“Work is also progressing on the development of the A5 dual carriageway from Newbuildings to Aughnacloy. Following receipt of the Inspector’s report Roads Service is now considering its recommendations and hopes to publish the Departmental Statement, outlining the Department’s position on the report’s findings, in early summer.

“I am also pleased to have recently officially opened the Madam’s Bank Road scheme which now provides for four lanes of traffic between Culmore Road Roundabout and Ballyarnett Roundabout, further demonstrating my Department’s commitment to improving infrastructure in the North West.”

The Minister also welcomed Roads Service’s ‘Safer Routes to School Programme’ which included the installation of new flashing warning signs, road markings and coloured surfacing at Eglinton Primary School, Steelstown Primary School and St Columba’s Primary School, Newbuildings.

Divisional Roads Manager Deidre Mackle welcomed last year’s record expenditure on structural maintenance which allowed Roads Service to deliver many much needed projects. A total of 15.15km of resurfacing was completed in the Council area.

“Significant schemes were completed at A6 Burntollet climbing lane, A2 Buncrana Road, A2 Queens Quay, B528 Foyle Street and B527 Creggan Road,” said Deidre Mackle.

“Road improvement schemes delivered last year included the final phase of the scheme to upgrade 1.5km of the C516 Trench Road which was substantially completed in December 2011. The work involved road widening and provision of verges with vertical and horizontal realignment to improve road visibility requirements.

“Significant remedial work was undertaken on Craigavon Bridge and although principally routine in nature, essential structural repairs were needed to the steel cross-members in the inter-tidal zone between the piers.”

New types of pedestrian crossing facilities, called Puffin Crossings, were installed at Queens Quay and Foyle Embankment to assist crossing movements from Quayside/City Hotel to Victoria Market/Queens Quay.

Work has also commenced to complete the cycle path link along Queen’s Quay. A new section of cycle path from Madam’s Bank Road to the new Toucan Crossing on Culmore Road has been provided, mainly alongside a section of the old Culmore Road.

The signals at the junction of Dungiven Road and Clooney Terrace have been upgraded. This opportunity was used to revise the pedestrian crossing points and construct a loading bay. The sheltered parking on Clooney Terrace and Dungiven Road has also been extended.