Latest public inquiry on A5 improvements to get underway within months

 

It's emerged that the latest public inquiry into the planned A5 improvements should get underway within four months.

The North's Department of Infrastructure has indicated it still hopes to begin Phase 1 of the project next year.

West Tyrone MP Orflaith Beglay has been told the latest Public Inquiry into the planned A5 Upgrade will get underway in January of next year, with the North's Department of Infrastructure still hopeful that construction can begin before the end of 2020.

Ms Begley was speaking after a meeting at the Department's Belfast headquarters, which was also attended by West Tyrone MLAs Catherine Kelly and Maolíosa Mc Hugh, as well as Sinn Fein Vice President Michelle O'Neill.

At the meeting, Ms Begley told officials the latest delays are disappointing, it's vital that all necessary steps are taken so that they are in a strong footing to overcome any future legal challenge.

She added it's unfortunate that a small group of individuals are set on delaying this project through ongoing legal challenges.

In response, they confirmed their intention to proceed with the new inquiry in January, with construction still expected to start on Phase 1A next year.