£160m to fix one of MU’s worst roads

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A major £160million investment has been announced to tackle congestion and fix one of the most notorious and longstanding road problems in Mid Ulster.

Infrastructure Minister Chris Hazzard said he will be proceeding with the A6 Randalstown to Castledawson Dualling Scheme, and promised that the scheme will target recruitment and training for both young and long-term unemployed people.

The scheme will provide approximately 14.7km of new dual carriageway: 7.3km between Randalstown and Toome and 7.4km between Toome and Castledawson.

Minister Chris Hazzard said: “One of my key priorities over the next five years is redressing the North’s infrastructure deficit, particularly west of the Bann.

“I am determined to contribute towards economy growth in a regionally balanced way and I believe it is vital that infrastructure projects such as this are prioritized.

“My commitment to this area in delivering this £160million flagship investment will strengthen the links between Belfast and Derry and positively develop the A6 as a key transport route into the wider North West area. Road users and the local community will directly benefit from this new all-purpose dual carriageway as it will reduce journey times and improve road safety.” Advanced ground work has already commenced and archaeological investigatory work is due to commence.