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August 01, 2019

The first phase of the A6 Randalstown to Castledawson Dualling Scheme is nearing completion and will provide a welcome boost for road users ....

Traffic to switch to 7km stretch of  new dual carriageway between M22 - Toome

The first phase of the A6 Randalstown to Castledawson Dualling Scheme is nearing completion and will provide a welcome boost for road users as live traffic will be able to use a 7km  stretch of the new dual carriageway between Randalstown and Toome from Monday 5 August.

A weekend closure of the Moneynick Road from 10.00 pm on Friday 2 August will enable works to be carried out to link the new dual carriageway with the existing road network.  This will allow traffic to use the new dual carriageway between Randalstown and Toome for the first time on Monday morning. 

 

The A6 mainline will be Fully Closed in both directions from 10pm Friday 2 August - 6am Monday 5 August 2019, to facilitate tie-in works with the existing road network.

*Please note the Park and Ride facility at the Drumderg Roundabout and Pedestrian Footbridges will also be closed. Alternative arrangements for public transport will be available in Toome village.

 

As part of the phased traffic management plan, traffic will still be merged into one lane in each direction in the vicinity of the M22 Junction 3.  In this area there will be a 50mph speed restriction for a distance of several hundred metres, after which traffic will have unrestricted use of the new dual carriageway. 

 

Road users are asked to follow the signage in place and drive with extra care while they become familiar with the new road layout.  Drivers should always adhere to speed limits and respect road workers working in the vicinity of the works. 

The entire £185 million Dualling Scheme will upgrade 14.7 kilometres of the A6 North Western Transport Corridor between Randalstown and Castledawson.  The project is being delivered for the Department by Graham Farrans Joint Venture, who would like to once again thank local business owners, residents and road users for their patience and support during these works.

The opening of seven kilometres of new dual carriageway is a positive step forward in the project and welcome news for the 20,000 vehicles using the route each day.

The flagship project will strengthen the links between Belfast and the North West and will bring long term benefits to road users and the local community.

Works will continue at the M22 Junction 3 at Randalstown for a further four weeks.  The entire Randalstown to Toome section will be formally opened when these works are complete.  

Following the weekend closure local traffic will be able to access the Moneynick Road via the diversion routes illustrated below - Staffordstown Road / A6 Dual Carriageway - Drumderg Roundabout 

Notes to editors: 

  1. More information on the scheme is available on the Department’s website at the  Department’s website at: www.infrastructure-ni.gov.uk/topics/road-improvements/a6-randalstown-castledawson-dualling-scheme
  2. All media queries should be directed to the Department for Infrastructure Press Office on 028 9054 0007 or email: press.office@infrastructure-ni.gov.uk. Out of hours please contact the duty press officer on 028 9037 8110. 
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