A5 to proceed as NI Minister accepts findings of Public Enquiry

Regional Development Minister, Danny Kennedy, today announced his decision to proceed with two stretches of the A5 Western Transport Corridor dual carriageway project.

This follows consideration of the Inspector’s Report into the A5 Public Inquiry, which was held last year. The Inspector’s Report and the Department’s Statement on the way forward have now been released.

Funding for the two stretches of the A5 project, from New Buildings, Derry, to north of Strabane and from south of Omagh to Ballygawley, was announced on 14 February, subject to the outcome of the Public Inquiry.

 

Announcing his decision the Minister said: “The Inspectors recommended that the scheme should proceed as proposed by the Department, subject to a number of key recommendations, including the postponement of the Ballygawley to Aughnacloy section of the scheme and retaining the A4/A5 Tullyvar Road roundabout at Ballygawley.

“I concur with the main recommendations contained within the Inspector’s Report and I am satisfied that the proposed scheme will help to improve road safety and provide a more appropriate standard of road on this key strategic route.

“There are almost 1,400 junctions and accesses onto the existing A5 which contribute to the potential for accidents along this route. The collision history is a factor which cannot be ignored and the A5 upgrade will help to reduce the number of collisions by providing improved cross sections, forward visibility and alignment as well as separating strategic and local traffic.”