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Strabane town centre to see a series of improvements

Abercorn Square.

RESIDENTS of Strabane are set to benefit from a series of improvement works to the town centre including a new public space at Abercorn Square and improved traffic flow at a number of junctions. 

As part of the Strabane Public Realm Scheme, improvements are to be carried out to street lighting and street tree planting, footways are to be resurfaced, the public toilets at Market Street are to be removed and a protruding wall on Railway Street will be taken away.  

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Improvements will also be made to the junction at Railway Street leading to Abercorn Square and the junction at Market Street and Butcher Street with the aim of enhancing traffic flows. 

In addition, Abercorn Square is set to receive a new public space which will see the removal of the bus stop and taxi-rank.

A planning application for the works was submitted recently as part of the Strabane Public Realm Scheme, of which Derry City and Strabane District Council is a lead partner. 

Commenting on the works, a spokesperson from the council said, “A number of significant environmental improvements will be made to Strabane town centre, specifically around the area of Abercorn Square, Railway Street, Market Street and Castle Street.

“The project is also proposing a change to the flow of traffic through the town centre with priority given to traffic travelling between Market Street and Railway Street and a new junction for traffic wishing to turn onto the Derry Road.

“A timescale for the delivery of the scheme is dependent on approval of the application by council’s planning committee and on project funding.”

 A formal planning application for the scheme and full details of the application are available to view on the NI Planning Portal, www.planningni.gov.uk, or at the Council Planning Office.
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