High Court blow for A5 road project

A decision to proceed with a new £330 million A5 dual carriageway scheme between Londonderry and Aughnacloy has been quashed by a High Court judge in Belfast.

However, Mr Justice Stephens has granted the Department for Regional Development until Monday to lodge an appeal to his ruling.

Regional Development Minister Danny Kennedy says he’ll be discussing the matter with Executive colleagues and added: “This ruling is disappointing but my key priority now is to consider the merits of appealing and to find a resolution to this situation as quickly as possible.”

Derry Chamber of Commerce’s Sinead McLaughlin said they were disappointed at the decision because ‘connectivity’ between areas was very important.

But Hamilton Hazzard of the A5 Alliance, which opposes the project, refuted claims that the new road would create hundreds of jobs and said an improvement of the existing road would have been more than adequate.