Audio Update – Go ahead given for A5 upgrade

first_imgHomepage BannerNews Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp DL Debate – 24/05/21 *******************Department statement in full -Construction on the A5 Western Transport Corridor scheme to begin early 2018 The Department for Infrastructure today announced its Decision to Proceed with the A5 Western Transport Corridor scheme, with construction of the section between New Buildings and north of Strabane ready to start in early 2018.Commenting on the progression of the scheme, the Department’s Permanent Secretary Peter May said: “This decision concurs with the Planning Appeals Commission recommendation that the scheme should proceed in the wider public interest.  Before giving approval for the scheme to proceed, careful consideration was given to the PAC Report and the Department’s assessment of the environmental impacts of the scheme.  In proceeding with the scheme, the Department commits to carrying out the necessary actions to implement the PAC recommendations and mitigation measures as described in the Department’s Statement and the Environmental Statement.  Construction will start as soon as possible.”Mr May continued: “The decision to proceed takes account of the clear direction from the previous Executive that this Flagship project should commence as soon as possible. The outgoing Infrastructure Minister was also clear that the A5WTC scheme was a key priority. This is a strategically important project for the region and one which will benefit the economy as a whole, as well as improving journey times and road safety for the thousands of daily users of this route. “In the current economic climate, this announcement of Phase 1a of the scheme – a 15 kilometre stretch of new dual carriageway from New Buildings to north of Strabane – starting in early 2018 will be welcome news for the construction industry. The scheme should lead to an increase in demand for local suppliers of construction materials, as well as a boost to commercial trade in the surrounding area. There will also be a considerable focus on social sustainability with the construction contract incorporating targeted recruitment and training opportunities for both young and long-term unemployed people.  Phase 1a has an estimated cost of £150million to deliver.  Under the Fresh Start Agreement the Irish Government has agreed to contribute £75million over three years.”  The A5 Western Transport Corridor dual carriageway scheme is an Executive flagship project which will provide 85 kilometres of dual carriageway commencing just south of Londonderry at New Buildings, bypassing Strabane, Newtownstewart, Omagh, Ballygawley and Aughnacloy before terminating at the existing A5 just south of Aughnacloy.  Further phases of the scheme will be constructed on confirmation of funding, while Phase 3 (between Ballygawley and the border at Aughnacloy) remains on hold pending clarification from the Irish Government on its proposals for the adjoining N2.    It is one of five key transport corridors in the region and the proposed upgrade will improve links between urban centres in the west and provide a strategic link with international gateways.In order to discharge its obligation under the Habitats Regulations the Department commissioned the preparation of a number of Reports of Information to Inform an Appropriate Assessment relating to the likely impacts of the A5WTC upon Special Protection Areas (SPAs), Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) and Ramsar sites. The reports have been the subject of consultation with statutory bodies, other interested parties and the general public and have been updated in light of all consultation responses received, any changes in circumstances, the public inquiry process and any additional information available to the Department.  The final versions of these reports, together with a Habitats Regulations Assessment Summary Report, set out an assessment of those impacts.Accordingly, in light of the assessment undertaken and the information presented within the Reports of Information to Inform an Appropriate Assessment, the Habitats Regulations Assessment Summary Report and the Environmental Statement, the Department (as the competent authority)  is satisfied, taking account of the proposed mitigation measures, that the construction and operation of the A5 Western Transport Corridor scheme would not, by itself or in combination with other known plans or projects, adversely affect the integrity of the River Foyle & Tributaries SAC, the Owenkillew River SAC, the River Finn SAC, the Tully Bog SAC, the Lough Foyle SPA, the Lough Swilly SPA, the Lough Neagh & Lough Beg SPA, the Lough Foyle Ramsar Site or the Lough Neagh & Lough Beg Ramsar Site, in view of their conservation objectives.The Department will now publish the formal Notice of Intention to Proceed, make available to the public the PAC Report and the Department’s Statement, make the Direction Order for the length of the scheme between New Buildings and Ballygawley, and make the Vesting Order for Phase 1a between New Buildings and north of Strabane. Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Harps come back to win in Waterford Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th An electronic version of the Departmental Statement and the PAC Report may be viewed at Electronic versions of all other documents relating to the project, may be viewed at Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Facebookcenter_img Google+ Pinterest Audio Update – Go ahead given for A5 upgrade Previous articleDalradian confirms West Tyrone gold mine plansNext articleINMO figures for LUH continue to fall with 16 people waiting admission today News Highland Facebook Pinterest By News Highland – November 28, 2017 Google+ The A5 upgrade is to go ahead.The North’s Department for Infrastructure today confirmed its decision to proceed with the A5 Western Transport Corridor scheme, with the section between New Buildings and north of Strabane ready to start in early 2018.They say construction will start as soon as possible.West Tyrone MP Barry Mc Elduff says this was expected, but is very welcome news……..Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. 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Prep Sports Roundup: 12/19

first_img Tags: Gunnison Bulldogs/North Summit Braves/Parker Brown/Parx Bartholomew/Quinton Jones December 19, 2018 /Sports News – Local Prep Sports Roundup: 12/19 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailBoys BasketballRegion 14PRICE, Utah-Derek Hillam’s 32 points and 10 rebounds led the way but it wasn’t enough as Delta overpowered Carbon 77-61 Wednesday in Region 14 boys basketball action.SPANISH FORK, Utah-Norman Rentschler posted 18 points but Juab routed American Leadership 70-51 in Region 14 boys basketball action Wednesday.Region 18BEAVER, Utah-Ky Brown netted 12 points and 6 rebounds as Beaver outlasted Millard 41-37 Wednesday in Region 18 boys basketball action. Hayes Monroe had 15 points in the loss for the Eagles.ENTERPRISE, Utah-Burke Mickelsen amassed 17 points and the North Sevier Wolves outlasted the Enterprise Wolves 49-46 in Region 18 boys basketball action Wednesday. Ryan Holt led Enterprise with 14 points in the loss.KANAB, Utah-Porter Wood posted 24 points as the Parowan Rams bested Kanab 59-52 Wednesday in Region 18 boys basketball action. Derek Houston had 15 points in the loss for the Cowboys.Region 20PANGUITCH, Utah-Kanyon Lamb stepped up with 28 points and the Panguitch Bobcats downed Valley 47-41 in Region 20 boys basketball action Wednesday. Gavin Hoyt had 16 points in the loss for the Buffaloes.Non-RegionGUNNISON, Utah-North Summit blew a close game open with a 26-8 run in the 4th Quarter as the North Summit Braves downed Gunnison 67-53 in non-region boys basketball action Wednesday. Parker Brown posted 24 points and made all 10 of his free throws for the Braves, helping North Summit shoot 24 of 28 (85.7 percent) at the foul line. Quinton Jones added 21 points and 11 rebounds on 9 of 14 shooting for the Braves while Parx Bartholomew had 19 points in the loss for the Bulldogs. Gunnison stands at 5-3 on the season following this loss.BICKNELL, Utah-Kevin Park stepped up with 16 points and the Grand Red Devils got past Wayne 67-48 Wednesday in non-region boys basketball action. Traven Peterson had 10 points in the loss for the Badgers.LINDON, Utah-Scott Hatch led the way with 18 points and the North Sanpete Hawks tripped up Maeser Prep 59-46 in non-region boys basketball action Wednesday. Aaron Gustaveson had 11 points in the loss for the Lions.MILFORD, Utah-Quade Gleave netted 13 points and the Piute Thunderbirds overpowered Milford 55-26 Wednesday in non-region boys basketball action. Zach Sherwood had 11 points for the Tigers in defeat. Written by Brad Jameslast_img read more