AQW 2645/22-27

Ms Sinead McLaughlin
Social Democratic and Labour Party

Tabled Date: 01/07/2022
Answered On Date: 14/07/2022
Priority Written: No

To ask the Minister for Infrastructure for an update on the A2 Buncrana Road scheme, including (i) whether designs have been finalised; (ii) when the work will commence; and (iii) the estimated total cost.

I am fully aware of the significance of the A2 Buncrana Road Improvement Scheme for the city of Derry in terms of improved transport links, road safety, active and sustainable travel, and its contribution to the regeneration of the area.
My Officials are currently finalising the design to ensure that it is appropriate and the project is future-proofed before consideration is given to bringing forward draft statutory Orders.
The timescales for progressing to procurement and construction will depend upon on a number of factors including the need for a public inquiry, the successful completion of statutory procedures and the availability of funding in future years’ for which budgets for my Department have not yet been agreed.
The preliminary estimated cost for the project is £85 million but this is currently under review as part of the detailed design and will also need to be revised to take account of current inflationary pressures.