Northern Ireland

Public inquiry into A6 dual carriageway between Derry and Dungiven

A public inquiry is to be held into the proposed 30km dual carriageway between Londonderry and Dungiven.

Regional Development Minister Danny Kennedy announced the move saying there had been "considerable interest" in the project.

He said the inquiry would provide a process where representations and objections from landowners, businesses and local residents could be heard

There have been 122 objections to the project.

The A6 dualling would extend from Stradreagh roundabout, passing north of Drumahoe and following the existing A6 to beyond Claudy.

It would then run south of the existing A6, bypassing Dungiven and rejoining the existing A6 just east of Dungiven.

The project would include widening and realignment of the existing A2 between Caw and Maydown roundabouts and the construction of 27 bridges and underpasses

Mr Kennedy said: "As expected there has been considerable interest in the proposed A6 dualling project and it is important that public inquiries are held to discuss and debate the issues of contention associated with the published draft orders and environmental statement.

"The public inquiry provides a process where the representations and objections from affected landowners, businesses and local residents can be heard in an open and independent forum. I hope many of the matters of concern can be addressed either before or at the public inquiry."

The public inquiry is scheduled to start towards the end of September.