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MP calls for public inquiry into A6 delay 'fiasco'

The completion of the A6 between Derry and Dungiven is not expected until next April.
Staff Reporter

A PUBLIC inquiry should be held into ongoing delays to the A6 dual carriageway project that have been described as a "fiasco", it has been claimed.

DUP MP Gregory Campbell said the delays preventing the long-awaited stretch of road between Derry and Dungiven opening are an "embarrassment", and has called for an inquiry to understand the "full facts".

The road project aims to cut driving times between Derry and Belfast, but the 30km stretch between Derry and Dungiven is now not expected to be open until next April.

The original opening date for the stretch was spring of this year.

"Everyone understands that projects can face delays, and there may be contractual issues at play with this project," the East Derry MP said.

"However, what is necessary now is to establish what has been behind these delays and how much cost the public purse will have to bear because of them."

The Department for Infrastructure has said work to be completed on the road includes the provisions of safety barriers and lighting, before a safety audit can be carried out.

A spokesperson said it is "envisaged that the road will open in the coming months".


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