Public to have say on Northern Ireland A5 plans

Public to have say on Northern Ireland A5 plans

Plans to upgrade a major road in Northern Ireland will undergo public consultation before work can begin.

The A5 Western Transport Corridor between Strabane and Newbuildings is one of five key transport projects across country.

Transport Minister Michelle McIlveen says the proposed work would have a positive impact on the local economy and construction industry.

She also claims the £150 million scheme would significantly improve safety and journey times for all road users.

Work is expected to begin next year, provided no major opposition surfaces during the public consultation. The overriding aim is to improve links between urban centres in the west of Northern Ireland.

But ministers have decided not to progress with the section south of the A4 at Ballygawley to the border, as there is no guarantee of funding from the Irish Government.

Ms McIlveen reveals she is seeking accelerated passage for the Land Acquisition and Compensation Bill, which would bring compensation levels for landowners in Northern Ireland affected by compulsory land purchase on a par with those in England and Wales.

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