Reconsider Current A8 Proposals

Brian has called on the Regional Development Committee to reconsider its proposals for a major road upgrading scheme along the A8 to Larne Harbour.

Speaking following a meeting with residents groups from Ballynure at Parliament Buildings, Stormont today Assembly member Brian Wilson said: “The upgrading of this road will have a negative impact on the area’s environment, particularly along the Sixmilewater River which provides a habitat for game and course fish including indigenous brown trout, unique species of Lough Neagh dollahan, Atlantic salmon, kingfishers, eels, shrimps, dippers and otters.”

Mr. Wilson also said: “I’m concerned that the current proposals slice through large sways of good agricultural land. I’m also not convinced that the economics add up. Roads Service has indicted that this upgrading proposal will cut three minutes off travel time to Larne Harbour. This adds up to £40 million a minute, hardly good value for money.”

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