Swann welcomes ‘highly innovative’ roads boost

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Mr Robin Swann, the North Antrim Ulster Unionist MLA and Chairman of the Stormont Employment and Learning Committee has praised his party colleague and Transport Minister Danny Kennedy MLA for “unveiling a major and highly innovative roads boost for the long awaited A26”.

Assemblyman Swann, who is UUP Chief Whip and North Antrim UUP Chairman, was speaking after Minister Kennedy announced a £270,000 roads investment in Ballymena.

Mr Swann said: “This is a magnificent festive bonus for the constituents of North Antrim and visitors to the region and I warmly welcome this preparatory work for A26, which will have additional benefit due to rural road upgrades.”

Minister Kennedy outlined the significant resurfacing scheme on the B93 Dunminning Road, Cullybackey.

The scheme will provide 2.7 kilometres of new road surface from the B64 Station Road, Glarryford to the C58 Duneoin Road, Cullybackey.

The Minister said: “This scheme will improve the condition of this road which will serve as an alternative route during the construction of the A26 Frosses Road Dualling project.”

Mr Swann added: “It is of vital importance that the roads around the A26 are kept in first rate condition while work on this dangerous part of the A26 is completed.

“Hopefully, when all the work is finished, the A26 will at long last lose its sad reputation as being one of the most notorious accident blackspots, not just in North Antrim, but across Northern Ireland.”