AQO 3184/17-22 – Progress on the A6 project

Mr Patsy McGlone (Mid Ulster): To ask the Minister for Infrastructure to outline progress on the A6 project.

Minister for Infrastructure: The 14.7km A6 Randalstown to Castledawson scheme fully opened to traffic in May 2021.

In addition, construction of the new 25.5km section of dual carriageway between Drumahoe and Dungiven, which includes a bypass of Dungiven, is also well advanced. The earthworks, drainage and all 22 structures along the scheme are now substantially complete, and more than 30% of the new surface course has already laid along the main carriageway.

Other works still required to complete the scheme include the provision of safety barrier, road marking, signage, street lighting at junctions, landscaping and accommodation works. It is expected that this dualling scheme will be complete this year, largely as planned.

When both schemes are complete, approximately ¾ of the Belfast to Derry route will be dual carriageway standard or better. As well as improving the standard of carriageway along the A6, both schemes provide enhanced provision for public transport, pedestrians and cyclists. New park and rides sites are now also operational at Drumderg (Toome) and Drumahoe, with a further park and ride site currently under construction at Claudy.

These flagship schemes represent an investment of over £400m and will significantly enhance the connectivity of the North West, improve journey time reliability, reduce journey times and improve road safety.