NORTH Antrim MLA Robin Swann (Ulster Unionist) has “warmly welcomed” the £2.5 million boost for roads in the Moyle region.
Mr Swann said the roads boost “would be a tremendous benefit to attract tourism to the locality”.
Mr Swann’s party colleague, Transport Minister Danny Kennedy, also commended Roads Service and its contractors for the successful completion of road schemes in 2012/2013 which accounted for £2.5million investment in the roads infrastructure in the Moyle area.
Minister Kennedy said: “In the last financial year, my Department invested over £100million in structural maintenance, improving many miles of the road infrastructure across Northern Ireland.
“In particular in the Moyle District, despite ever increasing demands on budgets, Roads Service invested over £2.5million in the delivery of a comprehensive range of road schemes and maintenance work.
“Roads Service is using its available resources highly effectively and continues to deliver quality public services in Moyle District Council area and across Northern Ireland”.
Commenting on the proposed dualling of 7 kilometres of the A26 Frosses Road between Glarryford Crossroads and Drones Road, the Minister said that he will, in due course, issue a response in the form of a Departmental Statement which will be published alongside the Inspector’s Report which the Department has just received following the public inquiries for the scheme.
Mr Swann said this was also a most welcome statement given that this area of the Frosses had become one of Northern Ireland’s most notorious accident blackspots.
The Minister added: “The completion of missing links of footway on Whitepark Road, Ballycastle will improve safety for pedestrians and vulnerable road users at this location, as will the installation of a PUFFIN pedestrian crossing on Moyle Road, Ballycastle in the vicinity of the schools. A junction visibility improvement scheme was also completed last year at the junction of Churchfield Road/Glenshesk Road.
“This year it is proposed to erect a vehicle restraint system on the outside of the bend on the Magheramore Road just south of Moyarget Road junction where there is a significant drop into a farm yard at the back of the verge. Consideration is also being given for traffic management measures in Cushendall village and for a traffic calming scheme at Whitehall, Ballycastle.”
Divisional Roads Manager, Deidre Mackle, outlined some of the other significant areas of work completed by the Division including over 18km of carriageway resurfacing at a cost of £1.22million which included significant lengths of resurfacing at Cushendall Road, Carrowreagh Road, Coolkeeran Road and Toberdoney Road.
Mr Swann also added: “If we are to see a regeneration of the Moyle region, then tourism will be at the heart of this campaign.
“But for this campaign to succeed, we must have a proper network of top quality roads. I am very pleased that my party colleague and the Minister has kick-started this economic regeneration by focusing on the much-needed roads improvements,” said Assemblyman Swann.