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A6 road scheme: Vesting order comes into effect next month

Work is underway along the route of the A6 close to Toome, Co Antrim. Picture by Margaret McLaughlin

A VESTING order to acquire land for the proposed A6 road will come into effect next month.

The scheme, which aims to improve road links between Belfast and Derry, will include a bypass of Dungiven. A 25.5km dual carriageway will also be built between Dungiven and Drumahoe.

The vesting order comes into effect on September 19.

Financing for the scheme, which is still subject to a legal battle over the route of the road, was agreed in the 2016-17 budget, published in January last year.

A Department for Infrastructure spokesperson said the order will allow it to obtain the land it needs to build the road.

"Upgrading this section of the A6 will improve ?journey times and more significantly, will make the journey time more reliable for the 13,000 vehicles daily on this key economic corridor which is fundamental in enhancing connectivity and unlocking the economic potential of the whole region," he said.

Building work is expected to begin in spring next year and take up to four years to complete.

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