Minister Nichola Mallon gives green light for new £30m bypass around Enniskillen
Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon has today announced her plan to go ahead with the £30m southern bypass around the town of Enniskillen.
The purpose of the scheme is to provide a direct link between the A4 Dublin Road to the east of the town and the A4 Belcoo Road to the west, via the A509 Derrylin Road, and onwards to Sligo.
The project will create 2km of new single carriageway with overtaking lanes at each end of the new road and a 3km cycleway/footway.
The existing A509 Derrylin Road will also be improved between its junction with the new road and the A4 Sligo Road, and will also include a 3m cycleway/footway.
The total cost will be £25-30million. Progression of the scheme to construction stage will be subject to the satisfactory completion of the statutory procedures, and in securing the necessary funding in future budget years.
Ms Mallon said: “I acutely recognise that this scheme is of significant importance to the town of Enniskillen and the surrounding area. It will provide a new transport link to the southern side of the town, improving the connection between the A4 Dublin Road and the A4 Sligo Road. The bypass will also help to significantly alleviate traffic congestion in Enniskillen town centre, reducing delays, improving average journey times by approximately 50% and improving road safety.
“To reshape our places and kick start our green recovery, I am also pleased to announced that as part of my commitment to deliver green and sustainable infrastructure this scheme will also serve to enhance the town centre environment by improving air quality and noise levels and will see the introduction of active travel measures to enhance the experience of locals and visitors alike.”