“This will help to accommodate increasing traffic flows..”

The key to recognising some of the main beneficiaries of the decision to progress with a £46m dual carriageway between Broadbridge Maydown and City of Derry Airport comes in the notes to editors in the ministerial statement.

1. The A2 is part of the Northern Key Transport Corridor connecting Belfast to Derry via Coleraine. It is the main road connecting Limavady to Derry and provides links to the Maydown and Campsey industrial zones and to the City of Derry Airport, the key air transport hub in the northwest.

And that will certainly help in the problem of finding someone to buy the airport.. Of course, as was the case with previous compulsory purchases of land around the airport “in the public interest”, the Derry Journal report notes – “Vesting orders for land needed will be made later in the year.”

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  • I saw this yesterday, and my first impression persists: another victory for the road lobby.

    No further investment in the rail line? After all, it offers a direct link between all three of NI’s commercial runways.

    In passing, why not (sell and) expand the airport? However one does the math, six, twenty-six or thirty two counties, it’s a resource that needs to be fostered (no: not her), developed, and could not be replaced.

  • feismother

    < < The A2 is part of the Northern Key Transport Corridor connecting Belfast to Derry via Coleraine. It is the main road connecting Limavady to Derry and provides links to the Maydown and Campsey industrial zones and to the City of Derry Airport, the key air transport hub in the northwest.>>

    Is that a direct quote?

    Derry to Belfast via Coleraine on the A2? Indeed, and home via Dublin, of course.

    And it’s “Campsie” not “Campsey”.

  • The Raven (who flies a lot, mostly)

    I agree with the sentiment Of Mr Redfella. Why have we not had an announcement of the upgrade of the line, including the loop at Ballykelly – especially now the camp is vacated?

    Also, if we must have roads, where’s the Dungiven bypass, much promised, and yet never delivered?

  • Pete Baker

    Malcolm

    “In passing, why not (sell and) expand the airport?”

    Why not, indeed. Someone should ask the Council..

    feismother

    “Is that a direct quote?”

    Directly from the ministerial statement.

  • Brian Walker

    As it’s about 20 years and more since the A2 road was dualled as far as Maydown and Dupont, also linking to new port area. The new dualling towards Campsie and Eglinton encourages further northward expansion on the east side, whether the airport survives or not.

    The route to Belfast point is surely a red herring.
    Roll on the upgrading of the A6.

  • Sorry about the cocked-up tag in the previous post. Rather spoiled a not-very-good joke.

    In this or some other context, I’ve not noticed that Slugger has opened a thread on the decision that the [RoI] Government is ordering Departments to submit plans, by September 15, to cut €440m in this financial year, and the full Monty of €1B for next. (Including a required 3% pay-roll cut for Education and Social Welfare. Phew!)

    Any guesses whether cross-Border projects might also be included?

    If my memory serves me well[*], that could have implications for the North-West.

    [*] And good-night with our closing number:

    If your memory serves you well,
    You’ll remember you’re the one
    That called on me to call on them
    To get you your favors done;
    And after every plan had failed,
    And there was nothing more to tell,
    You knew that we would meet again
    If your memory served you well.

    Thank you, Bob. Don’t call us: we’ll call you.

  • feismother

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    Well, it would seem we’re to drive to Belfast on the A2 stopping for a coffee at City of Derry Airport to take in a view of “Campsey” (minus the demolished houses) – well it will save them having to build that Dungiven bypass and dual the A6!

  • Roll on the upgrading of the A6.

    Yup, massively delayed by the upgrading of the A5, which might in turn go up the Suwanee depending on the size of the hole in government finances south of the border thanks to the property crash. Hint – basing so much of government revenue on home building when you already have a 10% surplus of of homes is stupid, but having 18% of your GDP tied up in construction and real estate because it suits a crowd of gombeen Fianna Fáil property developers is criminally insane. Oh and what does 10% empty homes (well, shoddily built empty ‘apartments’) turn into when the Polish and Lithuanian builders go home because the arse has fallen out of the property market?

    well it will save them having to build that Dungiven bypass and dual the A6!

    Hardly as there are no plans in the immediate future to dual the A26 beyond Clogh Mills!

  • Harry Flashman

    Jeez, those two planes which fly into Derry each day must be freakin’ enormous if they need to build a dual carriageway to accommodate all the passengers they carry.

  • TOT

    So Derry is 1 hr 10mins drive from belfast (if they dualled the road the whole way) but needs its own airport. But sure much more efficient to run an unneeded airport because the NW absolutely must have its own airport.

  • TOT @ 09:18 AM:

    Just as Luton is (theoretically) 55 minutes drive from Heathrow, but “absolutely must have its own airport”.

    Read the BIA “master plan” (it’s on-line) and see if you like it: all the way to 2030.

    We went over all this in a previous Slugger thread. It’s a bigger issue than parochial Belfast/Antrim, and the two airports, maintaining hegemony over the Wild West. Nor is it on topic of the headline article of this thread.

  • cynic

    ” where’s the Dungiven bypass”

    ……. please, please bring it on. Driving through it is so depressing. The only place in NI to miss out on the property boom. God help those that live in the Centre

  • cynic

    ust as Luton is (theoretically) 55 minutes drive from Heathrow, but “absolutely must have its own airport”.

    ….er the BIA master plan just got rewritten this week

    … and the London conurbation is slightly more in Need of airport capacity than Derry or NI.

  • cynic @ 10:14 AM:

    Which misses the point.

    The UK and NI Governments, the BIA management, Ferrovia at George Best, everyone has been addressing the issue of airport capacity as a UK matter. As, indeed, it should be.

    Eventually, even Dublin might come to realise that two international airports, as adjacent as (say) Heathrow and Stansted, linked by high(er)-speed rail, might make more sense than a second runway at rapidly-urbanising Collinstown. The joy of BIA is that, for the foreseeable future, it can develop within its present boundaries: a luxury unavailable to most UK airports. Surely, that expansion should intend on becoming more of an international and long-distance hub.

    None of that addresses the continuing and growing need for provision below the level of BIA: that means there is a regional role for BHD and LDY.

    Forgive me for doing exactly what I decried: this was a thread about roads, not airports.

  • joeCanuck

    I don’t think that the route that most Derry people, or other neighbouring towns to the south, take goes anywhere in the direction of Coleraine. The Dungiven bypass should come first.