SETBACK FOR CLONTIBRET-BORDER ROAD UPGRADE AS A5 PROJECT SUFFERS LEGAL BLOW

18 April 2013 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Implications for the future of the controversial N2 Clontibret to the Border road scheme were being examined this week following a Northern Ireland High Court ruling which will result in what has been described as “a substantial delay” to the development of the £330 million A5 dual carriageway project planned between Derry and Aughnacloy.

A ruling delivered by Mr Justice Stephens found in favour of the Alternative A5 Alliance lobby group who had challenged through a judicial review the decision of North Minister for Roads Danny Kennedy to proceed with the A5 development.

Following the court decision, Minister Kennedy announced that he would not be lodging an appeal and said he would instead commission a more comprehensive assessment of the A5 project. The Minister conceded that this would result in “a substantial delay” in the development.

The North Monaghan N2 redevelopment is designed to link with the A5 project and the view has been expressed at meetings of Monaghan Co Council in recent times that the two projects should ideally be progressed in tandem.

At a meeting of the Council in December, a proposal that the 400m corridor demarcated for the development of the North Monaghan road scheme be excluded from the new Monaghan Co Development Plan was defeated on a 9-7 vote after a …

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