Work to start on A6 Castledawson to Randalstown dual carriageway this year

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Work on the Moneynick section of the A6 is expected to start later this year, Transport Minister Michelle McIlveen announced today.

A total of 14km of new dual carriageway will be constructed as part of the scheme.

This will be in two sections: 7.3km from the end of the M22 at Randalstown to the Toome Bypass; and 6.7 km from Toome Bypass to the Castledawson roundabout. The total cost of this project is expected to cost around £130 million.

Transport Minister, Michelle McIlveen said: “Last month the Northern Ireland Executive announced a package of funding to take forward major flagships projects, including the Randalstown to Castledawson section of the A6.

“This is a major investment for the north west and will be very welcome news to the local construction industry.

“The A6 dualling scheme is a significant project that will help to remove a major bottleneck and so improve safety and journey times on this strategically important route.”

This is a major investment for the north west and will be very welcome news to the local construction industry

Transport Minister, Michelle McIlveen

In May last year, Graham/Farrans Joint Venture was awarded the contract for the development of the A6 Randalstown to Castledawson Dualling Project, the first phase of which was to assist TransportNI with completion of the design and have the scheme at a ‘shovel ready’ stage.

Michelle McIlveen continued: “That detailed design work is progressing and now that the Executive has confirmed funding for this section of the A6, the scheme can move ahead with work on site expected to start by the end of the summer.”