Northern Ireland's most expensive road scheme is to be the subject of a public inquiry.
Roads Minister Conor Murphy had already promised an inquiry into the controversial scheme to dual the A5 in the west from Londonderry to Aughnacloy.
But yesterday Mr Murphy|announced that because of the scale of the project and the public interest in it, the A5 inquiry would be held at a number of locations along the 85km route, which runs from Derry to the Tyrone/Monaghan border.
The inquiry is expected to start in May, but full details will be published at a later date.
More than 2,000 objections were made during the recent consultation period, which ran from November 15, 2010 to January 21 this year.
“As expected there has been considerable interest in the |proposed A5 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,” Mr Murphy said.