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Are politics driving this motorway madness?

I RESPOND to Conor Murphy's reply (Write Back, February 17) to Eamonn McCann's article (February 11) and the great consultation given by Mouchel and the Roads Service.

As a homeowner affected by the A5 scheme, I attended a public meeting in August 2009 where I was told by Michelle Greer of the Roads Service that I would have an on-the-ground meeting within two weeks; it is now March and no meeting. Are homeowners being treated as collateral damage as part of this project?

The taxpayers of Northern Ireland and the Republic should be made aware of the £1bn this motorway is costing. Bearing in mind the economic difficulties, could this money not be better spent?

I agree a better infrastructure (road and rail) is needed and it is available - as proposed by the A5 Alliance (www.alternativea5alliance.com). Local people believe this motorway is politically driven. I call upon all MLAs in the areas affected, or their party spokespersons, to put pen to paper and let the people know where their party stands in relation to a new motorway or an upgrade. I am aware that the UUP is in support of the alternative being given a fair voice.

If this motorway is forced upon the Tyrone countryside, landowners will be compensated, but what about homeowners whose home will be devalued?

At the opening of Newry train station, Conor Murphy stated that this was part of his department's drive to get people out of their cars and onto public transport. So how does a motorway ripping through virgin countryside achieve this?

JONATHAN KEE

Omagh, Co Tyrone

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