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Road project deprives more than it serves

I WAS disappointed to read Conor Murphy's response to Eamonn McCann's article regarding the A5 dual-carriageway project in Co Tyrone (Write Back, February 17). It seems that the important issues were ignored.

Surely the important fact here is that the DRD is proposing to build a very expensive dual-carriageway through farmland and woodland to link up two villages - Aughnacloy and Newbuildings.

In Derry city 38% of households do not have access to a car and in rural Northern Ireland it's 20%.

If Minister Murphy is not prepared to stop this unsustainable scheme and go for a more socially inclusive and sustainable one, one has to ask why? Especially with the Assembly's Report on Climate Change indicating that more roads will not help us meet Co2 emission reduction targets.

Could it be that this is part of a plan to use Tyrone as a flyover in a bigger project to build a motorway from Dublin to Letterkenny?

Perhaps this is why the road ends at Newbuildings with no plans to deal with incoming traffic around Derry?

LYNNE SMYTH

Strabane, Co Tyrone

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