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Concerns Over Ferry Ramp In Strangford

South Down MLA Chris Hazzard (Sinn Féin) has contacted DRD Minister Michelle McIlveen as concerns grow in Strangford regarding plans to construct a ferry ramp in front of the village green. The South Down MLA was in Strangford this week speaking to residents who are concerned that DRD plans will…

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McCallister Calls On DRD MInister To Improve Rural Roads Maintenance

Independent Unionist MLA for South Down John McCallister is calling on the Department for Regional Development’s Minister to give a genuine commitment to deal with the continuing decline of the upkeep and repair of our rural roads. Mr McCallister said: “The current state of some of our roads in the…

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Don’t Miss The Public Information Day On Downpatrick Transport Plans In Down Arts Centre

An information day on proposals to address traffic management issues in Downpatrick town centre will be held on Wednesday 28 October in the Down Arts Centre, 2-6 Irish Street, Downpatrick from 9.30am 4.00pm. This information day will be an opportunity to see detailed plans showing the extent of the proposals and…

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Kennedy Announces £4million Funding Extension For Road Resurfacing

Regional Development Minister Danny Kennedy has taken steps to help the construction industry in the current financial climate. The Minister announced a £4million extension of funding for structural maintenance until the end of October, which will be used for resurfacing those parts of the road network where the need is…

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Newcastle To Castlewellan Cycleway To Be Considered

Independent Newry Mourne and Down District Councillor Patrick Clarke has welcomed a written ministerial response received from the DRD Transport Minister following his request seeking a cycleway lane on the A50 main route between Newcastle and Castlewellan. Cllr Clarke said: “I have made written representations to the DRD Transport Minister urging…

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Kennedy Announces £650,000 Strangford Ferry Infrastructure Improvement Works

Transport Minister Danny Kennedy has announced a number of infrastructure improvements to take place at Strangford Harbour at a cost of £650,000. The improvements will happen in advance of the delivery of the new Strangford Lough Ferry Service vehicle ferry in Autumn 2016. Welcoming the announcement, Councillor Gareth Sharvin said: “This…

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Drivers Beware Of Illegal Use Of Bus Lanes… Or Face Fines

Drivers illegally using bus lanes now face fines as the ‘warning period’ ends. Many workers drive into Belfast to work during week days and need to be aware of the change in this traffic law. From today (Monday 22 June) drivers illegally using bus lanes risk a £90 Penalty Charge…

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Kennedy Says £110,000 Road Improvement Scheme Set To Get Underway In Saintfield Area

Transport Minister Danny Kennedy has announced that a £110,000 road improvement scheme on Oughley Road and part of Drumalig Road near Saintfield is scheduled to begin on Monday 22 June. Resurfacing works will take place between 8am and 6pm daily including some weekend working. Work is expected to be complete…

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Storey Increases Support Available To Those In Mortgage Crisis

Social Development Minister, Mervyn Storey MLA, has announced that he is increasing funding to the Mortgage Debt Advice Service (MDAS) by 50%. The MDAS, provided by the Housing Rights Service, will see its funding increase to £340,000 in 2015/16, an increase of £115,000 from 2014/15. The increase in funding will…

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Kilmore And Annacloy To Get £2million WWtW Scheme

Regional Development Minister Danny Kennedy has announced that a £2m project has got underway to improve wastewater treatment in Kilmore and Annacloy, County Down. As part of the major investment, NI Water is converting the existing wastewater treatment works (WwTW) in Kilmore to a pumping station (PS); laying a new…

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Kennedy Says £215,000 Road Improvements In Clough To Begin

Transport Minister Danny Kennedy has announced that a £215,000 roads improvement scheme on the A2 Dundrum Road, Clough, is set to begin on Monday 5 January. The resurfacing scheme of around a 1 Km stretch of the road from the Blackstaff Road junction to the Knocksticken Road junction is expected…

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Kennedy Announces £130,000 Road Improvements On The A7 Belfast Road Near Downpatrick

IMPORTANT ROAD NOTICE.  Transport Minister Danny Kennedy has announced that work is due to start on a resurfacing scheme on the A7 Belfast Road near Downpatrick at Cotterhill. The work, which is due to start on Monday 17 November, will involve the resurfacing of a 300 metre stretch of the…

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Kennedy Announces £60,000 Road Improvement Scheme In Kircubbin

Transport Minister Danny Kennedy has announced that a £60,000 road improvement scheme in Kircubbin is scheduled to begin on Monday 3 November. Work to improve the junction at Rowreagh Road at Rubane Road junction is expected to be complete by the end of November. The scheme will provide improved sightline…

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Fountain Street In Downpatrick To Be Resurfaced

Transport Minister Danny Kennedy has announced that work on the resurfacing of Fountain Street in Downpatrick is due to start on Monday 28 July 2014. The scheme will involve the resurfacing of Fountain Street, Downpatrick over its full length of 230 metres. To facilitate the resurfacing work Fountain Street will…

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DRD Announces £155,000 Road Improvements On The A2 Dundrum Road

Transport Minister Danny Kennedy has announced that work is expected to begin on a £155,000 road improvement scheme on the A2 Dundrum Road on Monday 7 April. Work on the resurfacing of a 650metre stretch of the road from the GAA pitch in Dundrum towards Clough is expected to be finished…

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