A number of roads maintenance schemes in Northern Ireland have been kick-started through the award of a £25 million package of funding from the Northern Ireland Executive’s first step stimulus programme.
Preparatory development work will now begin on projects including the Buncrana Road A2, the Enniskillen bypass and a bypass at Cooktown to solve congestion (pictured).
Chris Hazzard, the province’s infrastructure minister, said: “This £25 million is a significant boost for the infrastructure sector and will help secure jobs in the construction and transport industries.
“The £15 million for roads will see communities across the north benefit from a better and safer ?roads network.
“This additional funding will target structural maintenance on the local road network to help address maintenance backlogs. It will also provide new drainage, reconstruction and resurfacing of around 150-km of road. This announcement is a welcome boost for the public and the construction industry and will help sustain hundreds of jobs in the sector.”
The balance of £10 million in the funding package will be spent on new buses.
A total of 45 new Euro 6-type buses will be acquired to modernize the Ulsterbus, Goldline and Metro fleets which will modernise our fleet, improve reliability and enhance our offer to customers. The Euro 6 buses have low emissions and will, say the Department for Infrastructure (DFI), be procured locally to support the local economy.
The DFI has also secured £1million in capital funding to invest in LED street lighting to deliver an additional 20 street lighting schemes in towns across the north of the province.