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A4/N16 in urgent need of upgrading - Flanagan

Published: 28 July, 2015

Sinn Féin MLA Phil Flanagan has welcomed news that public consultation events are to be held in Sligo this week with a view to upgrading sections of the N16 road in the coming years.

The meetings take place this coming Wednesday and Thursday between 3pm and 9pm in the Clarion Hotel.

Mr Flanagan said:

"The A4/N16 road from the Ballygawley roundabout to Sligo is in urgent need of upgrading.

"The Enniskillen bypass is long overdue resulting in considerable congestion in the town.

"There are also a significant number of dangerous corners on both sides of the border that should be taken off with a simple re-alignment.

"For example, the double corners near Letterbreen are in a terrible condition and the high grip tar that was added some years ago is now extremely patchy and is causing a considerable danger for people travelling on it.

"There are very few safe places to overtake a slow moving vehicle between Ballygawley and Sligo.

"This is a very dangerous road and one that warrants major investment to bring it up to a safe standard for all road users.

"The Sligo to Belfast Road is the busiest freight route outside Dublin. We remain without a single metre of dual carriageway, motorway or railway in Fermanagh.

"If we are serious about creating a prosperous economy, attracting investment and allowing our thriving manufacturing sector to expand by shipping their goods to other parts of the island and abroad, then the upgrading of the A4/N16 needs to become a priority.

"The two Transport Ministers in Ireland, Danny Kennedy MLA and Paschal Donohoe TD, need to discuss this matter at the next meeting of the North South Minister Council and explore imaginative ways of drawing down EU funding for what is one of the busiest routes for freight on this island."