News of progress on plans to widen one of the most dangerous and busy single carriageway stretches of road in Northern Ireland has been welcomed.
Local newspapers, including the Ballymoney Times, that funding for the Glarryford to Drones Road section of the A26 has been approved by Stormont’s finance department.
The stretch of road will extend the dual carriageway from Ballymena northwards by less than five miles, to the A44 turnoff to Ballycastle, but is much anticipated in the area because the existing road is a heavily-used single carriageway in which lines of traffic build up behind slow-moving vehicles, so that there is much overtaking on the route.
Robin Swann, an Ulster Unionist MLA, noted that the local DUP MP Ian Paisley Jnr was reported to have written to Stormont’s finance minister Simon Hamilton asking for funds for the upgrade, and that this funding was said to be likely.
“However, I should point out that since the fact that funding is available for the scheme has not yet been shared with the minister for Regional Development [Ulster Unionist Danny Kennedy], work on the scheme is unable to commence,” Mr Swann added.