£7.5m investment in Newry & Mourne roads

May 26, 2009

Regional Development Minister, Conor Murphy, has recently announced a £7.5million investment in roads infrastructure for the Newry & Mourne area for this year. 

Speaking ahead of a recent meeting between Roads Service and Newry & Mourne District Council, the local MP said: “Construction works on the A1 Beech Hill to Cloghogue has continued throughout the year which has seen earthworks, service diversions and a number of major structures constructed.  Of the 17 major structures, one has been completed at the Glen Road and opened to traffic.  Many other structures are at a well advanced stage and this scheme is programmed for completion in Autumn 2010.”

The Minister continued, “Development work is continuing on Strategic Road Improvement schemes in Southern Division. In particular, consultants Scott Wilson have completed a feasibility study of the Newry Southern Relief Road.  Roads Service is now in receipt of this report and is currently considering the draft feasibility study.” 

Mr Murphy welcomed the road maintenance schemes progressed in Newry & Mourne area last year. He said this year’s increased allocation for structural maintenance would allow a larger number of resurfacing schemes to proceed on local roads this financial year.

Roads Service’s Acting Divisional Roads Manager, Bertie Ellison, welcomed the planned investment in local transport and safety measures in the Newry & Mourne District Council area, which includes traffic calming, collision remedial, pedestrian measures and safer routes to schools.

Other schemes which will be taken forward in the Newry & Mourne District Council area this year include the A37 Concession Road at Ward’s Corner, Culloville. This scheme will provide better visibility along this stretch of the A37 and is currently ongoing.

Roads Service has also been in consultation with local government representatives on matters arising from the Review of Public Administration.  These included the details of functions to be transferred to local governement in 2011 and the arrangements to allow the new councils to influence roads programmes. 

Mr Ellison highlighted some of the schemes already completed in 2008/2009. These included B25 Rostrevor Road, Hilltown in which this scheme provided a footway between the town centre and Ardmore Park. Also, the A29 Dundalk Road/Cullyhanna Road, Newtownhamilton scheme provided enhanced visibility along this main section of the A29. Several other junction improvement schemes throughout the Newry and Mourne District area were also completed.