The Minister for Regional Development has revealed that there are currently no plans to fund construction of a third bridge spanning the River Bann in Coleraine.
This came in response to the following question by Gregory Campbell MLA : “To ask the Minister for Regional Development when the costings for a third bridge linking Union Street with Castlerock Road in Coleraine will be available.”
In response, Minister Michelle McIlveen said : “A third bridge across the River Bann within Coleraine, linking Union Street to Castlerock Road was included in the Coleraine Town Centre Masterplan 2012, which was prepared by the Department for Social Development and Coleraine Borough Council.”
“The Masterplan considered this bridge would be required at some stage in the future to assist internal traffic circulation within Coleraine Town, should significant development proposals identified within the Masterplan proceed.”
“As the significant development proposals identified have not proceeded no plans have been drawn up and costed for a third bridge nor has any funding been sought.”
“TransportNI is seeking to encourage as much strategic through traffic as possible to use the ring road around Coleraine rather than going through the town centre.”