Regional Development Minister, Danny Kennedy has launched the formal consultation phase for the new A6 dual carriageway, between Derry and Dungiven.
The launch comes with the publication of the draft Statutory Orders and Environmental Statement and marks the beginning of the process that will see Caw Roundabout in Derry linked to the eastern side of Dungiven, with 30kms of dual carriageway.
Danny Kennedy said: “This strategically important road scheme will bring with it improved road safety and reduced journey times. It will benefit private and commercial traffic with added benefits for the business community in the North West.
“The upgrading of this significant section of the North Western Key Transport Corridor will also deliver a much needed bypass for Dungiven with major environmental benefits for local residents.
“It will benefit the wider North West by delivering a direct and substantial increase in productivity. Improved infrastructure will enable ease of travel, improved quality of life, increase in choices for local communities, decrease in congestion and will enhance and encourage economic growth.
“I would encourage people to attend the public exhibitions and to take the opportunity to find out more about the benefits of the scheme. Based on the nature and level of response a Public Inquiry may be held in 2012.”
Representatives from Roads Service along with its engineering and environmental consultants will host local exhibitions where they will explain the detail of the proposals and be available to discuss the draft plans.
Exhibitions, open from 10am to 9pm, will be held in the Dungiven Sports Pavilion, on 17 and 18 January, in the YMCA, Drumahoe, on 24 and 25 January and in the Strathfoyle Youth Centre, on 26 January . More information about the scheme can be found at: http://www.drdni.gov.uk/derry-dungiven