£1.19m investment set for local roads

The Vehicle Restraint System A6 Belmont Road, Antrim is already completely replaced and a similar scheme at A522 Castleway in Antrim is under way (Michael Cooper Photography).
The Vehicle Restraint System A6 Belmont Road, Antrim is already completely replaced and a similar scheme at A522 Castleway in Antrim is under way (Michael Cooper Photography).

The generous investment is in addition to a series of local traffic and safety measures which have already been delivered.

Transport NI Divisional Network Maintenance Planning Manager Cathal Brown met with Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council to update members on the Department for Infrastructure’s programme for the area and progress on schemes underway in Antrim and Newtownabbey.

Addressing the council, Mr Brown said: “In the next six months, the Antrim and Newtownabbey area will see the completion of a number of infrastructure projects that will realise significant benefits for both the local community and commuters.

“The coming months will see upgrades completed including the A8 Ballynure Road from Corrs Corner Roundabout to Houstons Roundabout and C31 Carnmoney Rd, Newtownabbey.

“Combined this represents an investment of £1.19million and a range of other Local Traffic and Safety Measures have also already been delivered.”

Mr Brown was also able to advise Council that additional funding secured in the October monitoring will facilitate the delivery of a further £800,000 of structural maintenance work in the Council area this financial year.

He added: “The Vehicle Restraint System A6 Belmont Road, Antrim is already completely replaced and a similar scheme at A522 Castleway in Antrim is under way.”

Concluding Mr Brown said: “It is also worth noting other infrastructure works in the area recently completed, including £750,000 invested to resurface 1.8kilometres of carriageway, most notably, A2 Station Road Roundabout at Shore Road Newtownabbey, B518 Ballycraigy Road, Antrim and U1136 Ballydonaghy Road, Crumlin.”

“In addition, £387,000 has been invested to provide surface dressing treatment on 66 kilometres of carriageway and more than 5.5 kilometres of rural roads have also been resurfaced under the Rural Roads Initiative at a cost of £411,000.”