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08/12/2021

Preferred Route For A29 Cookstown Bypass Unveiled

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The development of the new A29 Cookstown Bypass has taken a major step forward with the announcement of a preferred route.

Unveiled by Infrastructure Minister Mallon at the Burnavon Arts and Cultural Centre, the 4km route will see a single carriageway developed with overtaking lane opportunities in both directions and new roundabouts situated at intersections with the Killymoon Road, Cloghog Road and Moneymore Road.

Speaking at the public exhibition in Cookstown, Minister Mallon said: "I am committed to delivering for all communities across Northern Ireland. Last year I announced my intention to progress a number of strategic infrastructure and flagship projects. One of these projects was the A29 Cookstown Bypass so I am delighted to be in Cookstown this week where we are unveiling the preferred route.

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"The proposed route, which is approximately 4km in length, provides a significant opportunity to remove strategic traffic from the town centre of Cookstown. This will help to reduce traffic congestion, increase road safety and improve air quality.

"As part of my commitment to delivering green infrastructure and providing greater opportunities for active travel, I am pleased to confirm there will also be walking and cycling provision along the entire scheme. The project also includes plans to upgrade the Sandholes Link Road including the provision of a footway/cycleway."

The Minister added: "We will also be commissioning a separate feasibility study on how the decongestion benefits of the proposed bypass can facilitate the enhancement and reshaping of Cookstown town centre to promote sustainable travel choices, connect people and communities and create a thriving and liveable space.

"I know that not everyone will have had the opportunity to visit the public event this week so I would encourage anyone who has an interest in the scheme to visit my Department's website where the exhibition and brochure can also be viewed virtually."

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