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A1 to receive £50m upgrade

A1 to receive £50m upgrade
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The Department for Infrastructure in the North has committed to a £50m upgrade for the A1, which runs from the border at Carrickcarnon to Belfast.

In what will be a welcome boost for local motorists who are travelling North, work will include the closure of all central reservation crossings, meaning there will be no more U-turns or right turning out of junctions onto the A1.

SDLP MLA Justin McNulty told The Newry Reporter that 21 junctions will be upgraded to operate on a ‘left in – left out’ only system and 10 other junctions will be closed permanently.

New safety barriers are also to be installed in the central reservation in an effort to improve driver safety.

Mr McNulty and other elected representatives attended a meeting with the Divisional Roads Manager Simon Richardson in Marlborough House yesterday.

“The upgrade works are essential and are welcome,” said Mr McNulty.

“At this stage, the works are at development stage and works are planned to commence in 2021.”

Sinn Féin South Down MP, Chris Hazzard, who also attended the meeting, added: “Sinn Féin look forward to working with DfI Roads in the time ahead to ensure the successful implementation of this scheme and would again appeal to road users on the A1 to be mindful of the particular road dangers that exist and reduce their speed appropriately.”