Dickson welcomes progress on A2 upgrade

Stewart Dickson MLA has welcomed confirmation that work on the long-awaited A2 Shore Road upgrade project should get under way by next March. INNT 14-516CON
Stewart Dickson MLA has welcomed confirmation that work on the long-awaited A2 Shore Road upgrade project should get under way by next March. INNT 14-516CON

EAST Antrim MLA Stewart Dickson has welcomed news that the procurement process for the A2 Shore Road upgrade scheme has commenced.

The announcement will come as welcome news to hundreds of local road users who are regularly stuck in lengthy tailbacks at the bottleneck in the carriageway between Jordanstown and Greenisland.

Last week, departmental officials told the Regional Development Committee at Stormont that the scheme has gone out to European tender and that they hope to award contract at the latest in February next year, with work commencing the following month.

Speaking after the committee meeting, Mr Dickson said: “This news is most welcome. The scheme will provide 2.4km of new and much needed dual carriageway at Greenisland. I encouraged officials to do their best to eliminate any unnecessary delays so this project can be taken forward as soon as possible.”

The Alliance man also pressed officials to make sure that Roads Service co-operates fully with key groups to keep traffic flow as smooth as possible during the construction process. In turn, Mr Dickson was pleased to hear that the officials intend to set up a Traffic Management Strategy Group for the project, that will involve the relevant local councils, the PSNI and Translink.

Mr Dickson concluded: “I am so pleased that this project is finally moving forward after all these years and I look forward to its completion. I will continue to monitor its progress in my role on the Regional Development Committee.”