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£35m Magherafelt bypass opened

By Staff Reporter

Published 07/10/2016

The new £35m bypass in Magherafelt, Co Londonderry
The new £35m bypass in Magherafelt, Co Londonderry
Sinn Fein’s Darren Totten, MP Francie Molloy, Infrastructure Minister Chris Hazzard, Health Minister Michelle O’Neill, Ian Milne and Sean Clarke at yesteday’s opening ceremony

A major new stretch of road that will carry 50,000 vehicles a week around Magherafelt has opened ahead of schedule.

Infrastructure Minister Chris Hazzard officially opened the £35m bypass yesterday following its completion several weeks before it was due.

The new 6km A31 bypass will improve links in the Mid-Ulster area to and from the M2, Belfast and north-east.

Mr Hazzard said: "In addition to reducing congestion, the bypass will help improve road safety and reduce journey times."

The new bypass was built on a largely greenfield site to the east of Magherafelt and between the A31 Moneymore Road at Coolshinny Road junction to the south of Magherafelt and the A6 Castledawson roundabout to the north.

Sinn Fein's Darren Totten, MP Francie Molloy, Infrastructure Minister Chris Hazzard, Health Minister Michelle O'Neill, Ian Milne and Sean Clarke at the new £35m bypass in Magherafelt, Co Londonderry

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