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A1 upgrade will not be finished until 2023 at the earliest

Ralph Hewitt

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Ralph Hewitt

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Ralph.Hewitt@newrydemocrat.com

THE Newry Democrat can reveal that road safety improvements on the A1 dual carriageway will not be completed until at least 2023.

In the final week of our three week series examining A1 road safety, we spoke to the Department for Infrastructure's Divisional Roads Manager for the Southern Division, Simon Richardson, who discussed why the implementation of the 'A1 junctions phase 2' road improvement scheme will take at least five years, his willingness to speak to those who have lost a loved one on the notorious road and the work his team are currently doing to enhance the road's safety.

“I accept fully that it's very frustrating for the public but from our point of view we have to follow due process to make sure we do it properly,” Mr Richardson said in his interview.

The Newry Democrat also spoke to the mother of Karl Heaney, who tragically died on the A1 in May, to get her reaction to the scheme's timeframe.

While Monica Heaney expressed her disappointment at the news, she did welcome the fact that Mr Richardson will meet her family to discuss the dual carriageway's safety improvements.

We also break down what the 'A1 junctions phase 2' scheme entails and what the Department for Infrastructure has already done to improve the road's safety.

See this week’s Newry Democrat for the final instalment of our A1 safety in focus series.

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