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Chamber thanks infrastructure minister for roads commitment

The Londonderry Chamber of Commerce has met with new infrastructure minister Chris Hazzard, who pledged his commitment to the two major Derry roads schemes, to connect with Belfast and Dublin.

Chief executive Sinead McLaughlin said:

“We are very pleased to have met with Chris Hazzard and that he gave us his commitment to making progress on the road connections with Belfast and Dublin.  We recognise the challenges that he and his department face, so it is excellent news that he is determined to press ahead with the schemes despite this.  The Chamber again stressed the importance to the economy of these two road projects.  In the context of the Brexit decision, it is even more vital that we go ahead quickly with major capital schemes that can stimulate the local economy.”

Note: The Department for Infrastructure issued this statement on 10 August:

Hazzard - work of Chamber in North West vital for continued business development 

Infrastructure Minister Chris Hazzard has met with members of Derry Chamber to discuss his plans for infrastructure developments in the North West.

The Minister discussed progress of the dualling schemes between A6 Randalstown and Castledawson, A6 Derry and Dungiven and the A5 Western Transport Corridor.

Minister Chris Hazzard said: “One of my key priorities over the next five years is to redress the north’s infrastructure deficit, particularly west of the Bann.

“The A6 Randalstown to Castledawson scheme is now well advanced with the appointed contractor working on final design details and I am actively working to expedite progress on deliver of the Derry to Dungiven dualling scheme during the current mandate.

“Work on the A5 Western Transport Corridor could begin late next year subject to the successful completion of all the statutory procedures and outcome of the Inspector’s Report.

“I am confident that my plans to improve infrastructure in the North West will go a long way to assist The Chamber in its vital work helping its members optimise opportunities to grow and enhance their position in the global market place through all the services they offer.”

Gavin Killeen, President Derry Chamber said: “Representing the largest business network in the North West, I very much welcome the opportunity to discuss these important issues directly with the Minister.

“I look forward to working to continuing the excellent relationship we have with the Department and to contributing, on behalf of our members, to strategic development aimed to help grow and sustain the economic viability of the Derry City region and wider North West business community.”

The A5 Western Transport Corridor scheme aims to provide 85 kilometres (55 miles) of dual carriageway from south of Derry at New Buildings to south of Aughnacloy.

The A6 is an important element of the North Western Key Transport Corridor connecting Belfast and Derry via Toome, Maghera and Dungiven.