The Vesting Order to acquire the land for the proposed dualling scheme on the A6 between Dungiven and Drumahoe was made today and comes into effect on 19 September 2017.
This NI Executive Flagship scheme, which includes a bypass of Dungiven, will further improve this strategically important economic route connecting Belfast to the North West.
A Department for Infrastructure spokesperson said: “The Dungiven to Drumahoe dualling scheme is another key step in improving the transport connections to the North West. This vesting order will allow the Department for Infrastructure to acquire the necessary land to move the project forward.
“Upgrading this section of the A6 will improve journey times and more significantly, will make the journey time more reliable for the 13,000 vehicles daily on this key economic corridor which is fundamental in enhancing connectivity and unlocking the economic potential of the whole region.
“The Department fully appreciates the impact the scheme will have on affected residential, commercial and agricultural owners. Officials are in detailed discussions with these owners in an attempt to ease the impacts as far as is reasonably practicable. Compensation will be provided for the compulsory acquisition of any land and properties required for the scheme, and this is being dealt with by Land and Property Services on behalf of the Department.”
Upon successful completion of the tendering process which is currently underway, it is anticipated that construction works will commence on site in the spring of 2018 and take up to four years to complete.
To provide the local community with an opportunity to view the scheme in more detail, a leaflet will be issued to households along the length of the project and display boards can be viewed in the library in Dungiven and at the YMCA in Drumahoe.