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G8 causes delay for Railway Street upgrade

Upgrades to Strabane's Railway Street have been delayed due to the G8

Upgrades to Strabane’s Railway Street have been delayed due to the G8

THE G8 summit has caused a £1m scheme to upgrade Strabane’s Railway Street to hit the skids before it has even begun.

Construction work on many of the North’s main roads is to be stopped for 11 days because of the global summit being held in Fermanagh.

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One of the first victims of the moratorium is the £1m project to rejuvenate Railway Street and part of Lifford.

While it was announced last week that work was set to begin, it has now been pushed back until the end of June.

Roads Service has already informed utility companies that no work can take place on motorways and main trunk roads during the G8. The Department for Regional Development said the move followed a request from the police.

Confirming that work would not now go ahead as planned, a spokesperson for Strabane District Council said, “In response to the G8 Meeting in Fermanagh, a moratorium has been placed on all planned works on motorways, trunk roads and A and B Class roads throughout Northern Ireland.

“The Railway Road is a B class road and therefore Roads Service cannot issue a consent for the works to be carried out between Monday June 10 and Tuesday June 19 inclusive.”

The world leaders are set to have their annual meeting at the Lough Erne Resort, Enniskillen on June 17 and 18.

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