SDLP MLA Justin McNulty has welcomed progress on funding for the Newry Southern Relief Road.
The road, which will provide a new strategic road link on the south of Newry City, between the A1 Dublin Road and the A2 Warrenpoint Road dual-carriageway, is included in the Belfast Region City Deal, of which Newry is a part.
The Newry & Armagh Assembly Member said:
“Progress on the Newry Southern Relief Road is a huge boost for Newry as this new road link will have a real impact on the day-to-day lives of our local communities, businesses, residents and shoppers alike. The Southern Relief Road will serve to ease the long-standing congestion issues in Newry City Centre by providing a direct arterial connection for freight and HGV traffic transiting from and to Warrenpoint Port. An enhanced cross-border connectivity will also be great news for residents, businesses, commuters, and visitors in our area.
“This is an exciting time for Newry – from the multi-million pound plans to regenerate our City Centre, the progression of the Albert Basin Park Project, the drive to reopen and revitalise Newry Canal, and of course the announcement by SDLP Minister Nichola Mallon, along with An Taoiseach & Minister Darragh O’Brien that the long-awaited Narrow Water Bridge Project has been given the green light – progress on the Southern Relief Road is just another indicator that Newry is a city very definitely in her stride.
“There is also a major environmental benefit to these projects – the development of our infrastructure will lower emissions in our city centre and improve air quality, and the Albert Basin Project will of course act as a carbon sink for Newry, leaving us as a much more climate-conscious city and healthier place to live, work, visit, and do business. I want to thank SDLP Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon for her commitment to Newry and her work in ensuring that the Southern Relief Road, and indeed the Narrow Water Bridge Project, both got over the line.
“This is the kind of delivery that local people expect from their leaders. I look forward to seeing work commencing in the near future.”