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Flanagan Welcomes Progress on Enniskillen by-pass

Published: 10 June, 2015

Sinn Féin MLA Phil Flanagan has welcomed the announcement by the Regional Development Minister Danny Kennedy that a preferred route for the proposed by-pass of Enniskillen has been identified.

The new road will be approximately 2km long and will require bridges over both the Erne and Sillees rivers. The carriageway will make provision for 2+1 differential acceleration overtaking lanes away from both new roundabouts.

Mr Flanagan has encouraged people to attend and participate in a public information day, which will be held on 17th June in the Ardhowen Theatre from 12pm to 9pm and will help inform the general public and allow them to comment on the proposals.

Speaking from Enniskillen, the Fermanagh & South Tyrone MLA said:

"I welcome this progress, although it appears to be a long time since Roads Service approved the route corridor in March 2011. Four years later and we now finally have a proposed route.

"A by-pass of Enniskillen is badly needed and long overdue. This by-pass will provide a significant stimulus in the local economy, both through increased employment in the local construction sector, but it would also assist our vibrant manufacturing sector in the west of Fermanagh to move their goods to other parts of the north in a much timelier fashion.

"I would encourage people to attend the public information day next Wednesday to see their plans for themselves.

"This by-pass must become a priority for the Executive. The new Finance Minister, who is a Fermanagh MLA, must champion this cause and find the necessary funding to allow this project to proceed without any further delay. All opportunities for drawing down funding, including from the EU, must be actively pursued as a matter of priority."