Politicians welcome Mid-Ulster road improvements

Mid-Ulster MLAs have welcomed the announcement by the Department of Regional Development that £775,000 has been allocated to a number of resurfacing schemes in the Cookstown and Magherafelt.

Ulster Unionist Assembly woman Sandra Overend said: “This improvement package, costing a total of £775,000, is a most welcome development for the Mid-Ulster area.

“It incorporates a spend of £250,000 at Coagh Road, Drumullan, Coagh, £200,000 at Magherafelt Road, Tobermore, £175,000 at Sixtowns Road, Straw, Draperstown, and £150,000 at Morgans Hill Road, Cookstown.

“Over recent weeks and months I have been contacted by numerous constituents concerned with the state of these roads, and have been in constant contact with Roads Service and the Minister directly, to make improvements.

“The announcement of these schemes is good news for local motorists.”

She added: “This comes on the back of the major resurfacing work on the Moor Road in Coalisland, costing £160,000. The Roads Minister has taken into account the need in this area and has rightly acted to ensure that the necessary maintenance is carried out.”

DUP Assemblyman for Mid-Ulster Ian McCrea also welcomed the news.

He said:“Having continually lobbied on behalf of my constituents for some of these schemes, I am delighted to see the funding has been made available and that work is ready to start.

”I am delighted at this injection of money into the roads in Mid-Ulster but I will continue to fight Mid-Ulster’s case for further funding to repair our roads.”

Mr McCrea also welcomed the commencement of a number of resurfacing works by Roads Service in the Cookstown area over the last few weeks.

“I have continually raised the need for the roads and footpaths around Cookstown to get the long overdue resurfacing and I was delighted to see the Glenarny Road completed and commencement of the resurfacing on the Legncash Road just last Wednesday,” he said.

“Another welcome development is the resurfacing of footpaths at Cooke Crescent/Stewart Avenue which also commenced last week.”

“Having raised the need for these works to be carried out with Roads Service and indeed conducted a walk around Stewart Avenue/Cooke Cresent some time ago, I am delighted to see these works commence and I have no doubt that the works will be welcomed by everyone who live in these areas.”