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Cookstown bypass given green light

By Adrian Rutherford

Plans to bypass Cookstown are to get the go-ahead, a senior official has pledged.

A delegation from Mid Ulster District Council met Peter May, the permanent secretary of the Department for Infrastructure, to lobby for A29 Cookstown bypass development to resume.

While the preferred route for the bypass was first approved in 2010, a lack of funding delayed any progress until 2016 when funds were made available for preparatory work.

However, further work was again hampered by budgetary uncertainties until now.

Welcoming the news, council chair Kim Ashton said: "The development of the Cookstown bypass has long been identified as one of Mid Ulster's strategic road infrastructure needs, and is essential to ensure we address transport links which are vital not just for our businesses, particularly our manufacturing sector, to grow, but also for making improvements to the journey times for local people."

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