Regional development minister Danny Kennedy has agreed to be the speaker and guest of honour at a special business lunch with the Londonderry Chamber of Commerce on 24 April.
The Chamber will press the minister on his plans for the A6 road link with Belfast and the A5 road link with Dublin. The Chamber and members will also discuss with Mr Kennedy other infrastructure priorities including continued support for the City of Derry Airport, future improvements to Derry's rail connections and station and DRD's transport, roads and parking strategies.
Philip Gilliland, President of the Londonderry Chamber of Commerce, said:
"We are delighted that the minister has agreed to meet with us and we thank him for doing so. The Chamber knows that improving our transport links is essential for growing our economy and we will do all we can to persuade Danny Kennedy of the need to prioritise road links that connect the North West with the rest of Ireland, north and south. We look forward to learning from him what is likely to happen now following the very publicised problems with the A5. We hope that he will tell us that the A6 road to Belfast is an immediate priority and that he and his department remain committed to the upgrade of the A5 link with Dublin."