Updated – Derry Chamber seeks progress on A6 Derry Belfast road upgrades

The Chamber of Commerce in Derry is calling for progress on the upgrading of the A6 between Derry and Belfast.

Chamber's chief executive Sinead McLaughlin said this week that positive comments from Finance Minister Sammy Wilson and Secretary of State Theresa Villiers indicating their support for the urgent upgrade of the A6 is to be welcomed.

She's urging Regional Development Minister Danny kennedy to ensure that plans for the upgrade qre in place so that work can start as soon as money becomes available.
In a statement, the Chamber says the Derry - Belfast route is the most important road connection for business in Derry and it is imperative that it is upgraded to proper inter-city standards as a priority.

The statement says this should be treated as the most important infrastructure plan in the whole of Northern Ireland, and ministers should recognised this and act upon it.

Last week, Sammy Wilson said that any delay to the progress of the A5 should lead to underspent funds being diverted to the upgrading of the A6.

Chamber say they continue to support the upgrade of the A5, but regard Sammy Wilson's comments as very sensible.

Chamber has identified two stretches of the A6 which need to be given priority - the Dungiven by-pass and the stretch between Castledawson and Toome.

Ms Mc Laughlin told Highland Radio News that right years after it was announced, there's been no movement on the A6 upgrade....

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