‘Southern Relief Road: Light at the End of the Tunnel’ – McGreevy

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Thursday, May 17th, 2012
SDLP Group Leader on Newry and Mourne District Council, Councillor Connaire McGreevy has welcomed commitment from Regional Development Minister Danny Kennedy for the Southern Relief Road. After a joint delegation of Newry and Mourne District Councillors and staff went to meet the Minister last week, McGreevy spoke of his satisfaction with the Ministers response. Speaking to Newry Times, McGreevy said, “The Minister was well aware of the project and stated his commitment to seeing it delivered. I believe this project has huge potential to build on the tourism potential of South Down, improve business opportunities in Warrenpoint, Rostrevor and Hilltown and also improve air quality in Newry City. Currently there are ‘Rat-Runs’ throughout Newry as people from the Warrenpoint side try to negotiate across to get onto the A1 Dublin-Belfast corridor.” “These ‘Rat-Runs’ are increasing the risk to pedestrians using the streets and also other local road users. Air quality has recently been reported as bad in some areas, and I believe while the Southern Relief Road is still sitting on the shelf then air quality will continue to fail. The Minister confirmed his commitment and desire to have a preferred corridor identified within the next 8 – 9 months followed by a public consultation.” He added, “I will continue to press the Minister on the project to ensure it is delivered sooner rather than later while accepting that it could be 4 – 5 years before any physical work is carried out.”
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