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Key report on environmental impact of A5 Corridor project published

Words: Roger Milne
Co Tyrone

A key consultation on the environmental impact of the A5 Western Transport Corridor Scheme, the Province’s longest-ever road project, has begun with publication of a report on the effect on the Tully Bog Special Area of Conservation (SAC).

The new route is one of five key transport corridor upgrades identified in the Regional Transportation Strategy (RTS) for Northern Ireland. It is set to improve safety and journey times, as well as business, trade and tourist routes.

The scheme also represents a significant link in longer-term plans to improve connections between Dublin, Londonderry and Donegal.

The 36-hectare Special Areas of Conservation (SAC) in County Tyrone is a compact, relatively undisturbed lowland raised bog that is among the most intact examples of an SAC in the west of Northern Ireland.

It is one of nine environmentally sensitive sites affected by the highway project, all of which have been assessed in four reports that look at impacts and proposed mitigation measures. This is the last report to be published. The others included an assessment of the impact on the Rivers Foyle and Finn SACs.