A consortium of Sacyr, Wills Bros and Somague has been appointed by the UK Department for Infrastructure as the contractor for the construction of the A6 Dungiven to Drumahoe Dualling Scheme in Northern Ireland.
The 25.5km scheme is being taken up at an investment of £220m, including land acquisition.
Under the project, a high-standard dual carriageway will be constructed between Drumahoe and Dungiven, including a bypass of Dungiven, with roundabouts connecting the scheme to the existing road network at either end.
The A6 is an important route as it connects the North West to Belfast and beyond.
The existing road carries nearly 15,000 vehicles per day. With traffic levels continuing to increase, this investment is expected to reduce congestion, improving road safety and journey times.
Construction of this road will not only help to secure jobs in the construction industry, but contribute to the economic development of the region and bring long-term benefits to road users and local communities.
The Department for Infrastructure published the Draft Statutory Orders for the A6 Londonderry to Dungiven scheme in December 2011 and a public inquiry into the scheme proposals was held in September/October 2012.
In February 2016, the department announced that the A6 scheme would proceed, subject to availability of funding.
An exercise taken up later to explore the extent of the initial phase of A6 improvement scheme concluded that the funding could deliver the 25.5km between Dungiven and Drumahoe.
The NI Executive agreed to the budget approval for the project through its 2016-17 Budget, which not only provided funding for 2017-18, but also agreed to budget up to 2020-21 for a number of ‘flagship projects’, including the A6.
Prior to the main construction works, advanced site clearance and archaeological investigations have been completed at targeted locations along the new route.
Work is expected to commence shortly and the project will take up to four years to complete.