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Funding for A5 should benefit other roads

I WAS travelling by car on the A6 last Friday en route to Letterkenny. Outside Dungiven I encountered a convoy of six vehicles, the lead one being a large lorry.

The lorry travelled at a maximum of 40mph and that was on downhill slopes. There were no vehicles in front of this lorry, but in no time at all a very large queue of vehicles had built up behind it.

Eventually, the lorry pulled into a lay-by and within minutes the convoy was travelling at 50mph.

Between the roundabout at the Magherafelt turn-off and Drumahoe there are three dual-lane sections - one just after the roundabout, one on the Glenshane and one a few miles on the Belfast side of Drumahoe.

I believe there are six sections of dual-lane highway going in the other direction - ie Derry to Belfast - which is strange since I'd assume most lorries are lighter when travelling in this direction.

On this section of the A6, heading towards Derry, there are miles and miles of hard shoulder which could fairly easily be used to give a dual-lane road in more places than exist now. It would also not cost very much, as probably little or no land would be needed.

Why not use some of the money intended for the A5 for this and also create a dual-carriageway from the end of the M22 to Toome?

DAVID JENKINS

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