£3.5m service station construction follows opening of upgraded A6
Work is set to begin on a new £3.5m service station in Co Antrim, creating around 50 new jobs.
The investment in Toome will create around 20 new construction jobs as well as 30 jobs when the station is open.
It is understood developers are in advanced talks with a number of potential tenants to move in once work is completed.
Construction will begin next week on the service station at the Brecart roundabout in Toome.
This follows the opening of the A6 upgrade between Randalstown and Toome last month. Up to 30,000 vehicles pass along this stretch of the road daily.
Contractor MSM Contracts has been appointed to deliver the scheme which is expected to be completed by March 2020.
Canice Mallaghan, from developer Moorefield Contracts, said they are "excited" to see work start on an "essential project".
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"As a key travel corridor connecting Belfast to the north west of the region, the service station will meet the needs of the many commuters who travel this road frequently in both directions, as well as providing a much-needed service for those working in the freight and haulage industry," he said.
"The development of this new service will be a key asset on this new stretch of the road which has already made a huge difference in travel times and vastly improved connectivity between Belfast and the north west.
"In addition, we are very pleased to have been able to appoint one of Northern Ireland's leading construction firms, MSM Contracts, to deliver this project."
Robert Mackey, managing director of MSM Contracts, said they were "thrilled" to have been appointed.
"The new road is already of benefit to the people who use this road every day and the addition of this new service station will provide a very accessible new service to those people," he added.