MLAs concerns over road issues

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Upper Bann DUP MLA Sydney Anderson has asked the Minister for Infrastructure Chris Hazzard MLA what local roads are due to be repaired as a result of the recently launched Rural Roads Initiative.

Mr Anderson said he submitted a written question to the Minister who had announced a £10m investment programme recently to improve the condition of up to 1,000 roads across Northern Ireland.

When the announcement was made the Minister said the Department would consider areas in greatest need and will draw up programmes to enable work to start as soon as possible.

“In his answer I was informed that the Rural Roads Initiative will target parts of the rural road network deemed to be in most need of repair with scope to undertake a programme of small scale resurfacing schemes on selected lengths of rural roads,” Mr Anderson said.

“The Minister informed me that programmes of work are being developed by Transport Northern Ireland engineers and subject to availability of funding, it is planned to conduct the initial phase of small scale resurfacing schemes on selected lengths of road.

“Within the Gilford and Tullylish areas the following roads have been earmarked for repairs - the U4135 Tullylish Road, the U4102 Parkstown Lane and U4084 Stramore Road.”

Sydney Anderson MLA

Sydney Anderson MLA

The local MLA continued, “The Minister also informed me that the Department for Infrastructure will continue to submit bids to future monitoring rounds for further funding to deliver additional resurfacing schemes.

“I will be following developments closely and I hope that the roads outlined above receive appropriate repairs. I will also continue to liaise with key stakeholders to lobby for further road repair works where required.”