THE Regional Development Minister, Danny Kennedy, has announced his decision to proceed with two stretches of the new A5 Western Transport Corridor.
Work on the sections between Strabane and Newbuildings and Omagh and Ballygawley is expected to begin later this year. It follows the publication of the Inspector’s Report and the statement by the Department for Regional Development.
Speaking in Omagh today (Tuesday), the Minister expressed the hope that the proposed scheme will help improve road safety and provide a more appropriate standard of road on this key strategic route.
“There are almost 1400 junctions and accesses onto the existing A5 which contribute to the potential for accidents on this route,” he said.
The Minister also said that every effort has been made to reduce the impact of the road scheme on property and landowners.
‘The rights of those affected are safeguarded and they will receive compensation in accordance with a series of Acts of Parliament, case law and established practise.”
The decision by the Minister will be followed by the publication of the statutory orders, which will pave the way for construction to start later this year.