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Community consultation event on A1 road improvements

A1 outside Banbridge

The Department for Infrastructure is seeking the views of local people on proposed road improvements along the A1 between Hillsborough Roundabout and Loughbrickland.

The series of community consultation events is seeking further views on the developed project design and scheme progression, taking account of representations made by the community following the previous consultation in summer 2017.

The meetings will take place on: 

Thursday 15 February 2018 from 11.00am-8.00pm in Banbridge Old Town Hall;

Monday 19 February 2018 from 11.00am-8.00pm in Dromore Town Hall; and

Wednesday 21 February 2018 from 11.00am-8.00pm in Hillsborough Court House.

The public is encouraged to attend.

The purpose of this project is to consider safety concerns and propose further road improvements along the A1 between Hillsborough Roundabout and Loughbrickland.

Proposals include:

Closure of all gaps in the central reserve and the provision of continuous central reserve safety barrier; The grade separation of four junctions (Listullycurran Road, Gowdystown Road, Skeltons Road/Drumneath Road, and Waringsford Road); a northbound on-slip to the A1 from Castlewellan Road, Banbridge; closure of nine selected side roads with improvements to the remainder of the junctions which will operate as left-in/left-out; a link road between Milebush Road and the Hillsborough Road, Dromore grade separated junction; and closure of all mainline bus-stops with new bus stops provided at the four new grade separated junctions.

The consultation exercise offers an opportunity for the public and other stakeholders to engage with the Department for Infrastructure and members of the project team on the design of the preferred option as well as the development process, including preparation of the Environmental Impact Assessment and Statutory Orders.

The public may make representations by letter, email, via the Department website or by using feedback forms provided at the Community Consultation Event or at the unattended public displays.

The A1, which links between Dublin and Belfast, carries approx 40,000 vehicles per day.

The southern section of the A1 has been upgraded to a high standard dual carriageway and a number of flyover-type junctions were previously provided at strategic locations between Hillsborough and Loughbrickland, under the previous A1 Junctions Phase 1 road improvement scheme.

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