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McCausland announces refurbishment of Londonderry flyover

Social Development Minister McCausland has today confirmed an investment of 310,000 to refurbish the Lecky Road Flyover in Londonderry.
Tuesday, 5 November 2013

This project was developed in partnership with DRD Roads Service who will manage the delivery of the project.

Minister McCausland said: “I am pleased to announce that the Executive through my Department has provided £310,000 for the refurbishment of the Lecky Road Flyover which will be carried out by colleagues in DRD Roads Service. The work which will be undertaken between the junctions at Abercorn Road and the Lecky Road will last for five weeks and has commenced.”

Explaining the rationale behind the scheme the Minister said: “While the Flyover is a main thoroughfare in the city it is visually unattractive and these works will remove some of its harsher elements by upgrading the existing barriers, lighting and footpaths. The need to address the physical appearance of the flyover and reduce the severance effect it causes was highlighted in the Foyle Valley Gateway master plan which is one of the catalyst projects in the One Plan.

“This project will create a safer and more attractive environment and complement the recent upgrading of Rossville Street which was also delivered in partnership with the Department for Regional Development.”

Commenting on the planned works, Roads Minister Kennedy added: “This work is indicative of our Departments’ on-going commitment to maintain and upgrade the road infrastructure in the Londonderry area, as we continue to contribute to the economic and social development of the region. Temporary traffic management arrangements will be required and I would ask for the patience and co-operation of both residents and road users for the duration of this work.”

Notes to editors:

  1. The Lecky Road Flyover is a main thoroughfare in Londonderry linking Craigavon Bridge with the Bogside and Creggan. The Flyover is situated in the Triax Neighbourhood Renewal Area (NRA) and is heavily used by those who live in the City and those who visit it for work or as tourists.
  2. The Refurbishment of the Flyover project will be delivered through DRD Roads Service Northern Division. The funding of £310,000 has been provided by DSD.
  3. The One Plan, launched in June 2013, is the Regeneration Plan for Derry/Londonderry. It sets out the role of the public, private and community and voluntary sectors in delivering the key targets required in repositioning the city as the economic hub of the North West up to 2020 and beyond.
  4. Media enquiries to DSD Communications Team on 028 9082 9215. Out of office hours, please contact the Duty Press Officer via pager number 07699 715 440 and your call will be returned.