New £400m A6 will be big boost to economy: McIlveen

Transport Minister Michelle McIlveen looks over plans for the new road with Andrew Hitcher and Deirdre Mackle, Transport NI
Transport Minister Michelle McIlveen looks over plans for the new road with Andrew Hitcher and Deirdre Mackle, Transport NI

Transport Minister Michelle McIlveen has announced the £400 million A6 Londonderry to Dungiven dualling scheme is to proceed, subject to future funding.

The announcement follows public inquiries into proposals to provide around 18.6 miles of new dual carriageway from Londonderry to Dungiven, including a dual carriageway bypass of Dungiven.

Commenting on the scheme the DUP MLA said: “This announcement is very good news for the north-west and for the local economy in Northern Ireland.

“The A6 is a key transport route between Belfast and the north-west and the construction of a new dual carriageway will help to reduce journey times and improve road safety.”

The minister added: “There is no doubt that this scheme represents a significant investment in our economy and will create hundreds of jobs.

“Businesses too will benefit from improved transport links while the public will enjoy a safer and better journey.”