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New A26 upgrade possible

Thursday, 7 December 2017

New A26 upgrade possible thumbnailThe A26 Frosses Road. CC49-23s

A TOP roads official has hinted the dualing of the A26 Frosses Road could be extended all the way to Ballymoney.
Speaking to members of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, The Department for Infrastructure's Northern Divisional Manager, David Porter said the A26's remaining stretch of single carriageway was a "good candidate" for development.
Work on dualing of the 15km stretch between Glarryford and the Drones Road was completed last June.
Mr Porter said the 160m project had already brought significant benefits to the locals, tourists and commuters by reducing journey times and improving safety.
He was then asked about the possibility of extending the scheme by Ballymoney Councillor Ian Stevenson.
In response he said the Department intended to draw up an infrastructure plan taking in Northern Ireland's roads and public transport provision.
“One of the areas we will take a look at is our strategic roads," he added. "I see the A26 as being a very good candidate."
Mr Porter said any future plans would, of course, be subject to the usual public consultations. But he added: "It's something I would encourage elected representatives to continue pressing the Department for."
Mr Porter also suggested his staff would be hesitant to plan safety improvements to Ballymoney bypass because of the possibility of developing the A26 further.
*Read the full story in this week's Chronicle

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