Plan for £1million junction upgrade

A computer-generated image of how the proposed commercial and residential development near Monkstown might look.
A computer-generated image of how the proposed commercial and residential development near Monkstown might look.

SUPERMARKET chain Asda has confirmed that it will spend more than £1million on improving the local road network if it gets the green light for a new superstore development on the Doagh Road near Monkstown.

The retail firm held two public consultation events at the weekend to gauge local opinion about its plan to build a £25million outlet on a vacant site beside the former Nortel factory. And one of the main concerns raised with Asda officials at the sessions was the possible impact hundreds of additional cars could have on existing traffic problems in the area.

A spokesperson for Asda confirmed this week that its proposals contain a number of planned improvements to the local road network, including construction of a roundabout at the Monkstown Road/Doagh Road junction.

“Asda has listened to concerns about traffic flow in the area, and we are delighted to announce an investment of over £1million in the local road network as part of our proposals,” said Lisa Rooke, the company’s Senior Property Communications Manager.

“We will now be considering all the comments submitted to us at the community consultation and submitting a planning application in the coming weeks,” she added.

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