A8 dualling ‘essential’ for local economy - Mayor

Cutting the first sod at the start of work on the A8 are Alderman Roy Beggs, Larne Mayor Gerardine Mulvenna, Minister for Transport Danny Kennedy, Divisional Roads Manager Deirde Mackle and the Mayor of Newtownabbey Victor Robinson. INLT 42-375-PR
Cutting the first sod at the start of work on the A8 are Alderman Roy Beggs, Larne Mayor Gerardine Mulvenna, Minister for Transport Danny Kennedy, Divisional Roads Manager Deirde Mackle and the Mayor of Newtownabbey Victor Robinson. INLT 42-375-PR

Larne Mayor, Councillor Gerardine Mulvenna has welcomed the official start of work on the A8 dual carriageway project, describing it as “essential” for the Port of Larne and the local economy.

Speaking at the official launch of the £100m project at Corr’s Corner Hotel on Thursday (October 11), Councillor Mulvenna said: “Larne Borough Council has been campaigning over many years for the upgrade of the A8 to Belfast. Our campaign has included representation to MLAs, MPs, MEPs and even to the European Commissioner, Neil Kinnock, as far back as 1999.

“This route continues to be very significant for both Larne Borough and for Northern Ireland as a whole, linking as it does the capital city and the second largest port. Even before the upgrade is completed the huge benefits to the local economy in Northern Ireland will become apparent in the number of construction and allied trades which will be involved in the work.

“Larne Borough Council welcomes this upgrade as an essential element in the drive to revitalise the economy, grow the tourism industry and improve road safety in east Antrim and Northern Ireland. As a council we recognise these benefits will hugely outweigh any localised inconvenience during the construction period.”

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