Bypasses needed for Cookstown and Magherafelt

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BYPASSES are needed for Cookstown and Magherafelt, to avoid delays and deterring people from the two centres.

The comment was made by Mid-Ulster MLA Sandra Overend who is reiterating her calls on the Minister for Regional Development to prioritise the much needed bypasses for the two towns.

This is in light of her requests as Ulster Unionist Economy spokesperson, for capital spend dedicated to the A5 now to be redirected to other road projects to help the failing construction industry.

Mrs Overend said in light of the announcement by the DRD Minister that there will be no appeal of the court decision which means that the A5 cannot go ahead at this time, she was strongly urging the Minister to bid to include bypasses for Mid-Ulster’s two major towns in his immediate agenda.

“In the past I have commented on the bottlenecks that build up in both Magherafelt and Cookstown, and in particular how this delays through traffic, as well as deterring business from the town centres,” she said.

The MLA said she is convinced that giving the green light to bypasses for Magherafelt and Cookstown would have a positive impact on the construction industry, given the need for this industry’s expertise in road development, as well as opening up the town centres for potential consumers, and allowing commuters to move freely between destinations.

“Now more than ever Mid-Ulster requires this infrastructure to benefit local people, businesses and industries,” she added.