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Persistence pays off for Lurgan as ‘overdue’ Francis Street resurfacing scheme gets thumbs up

SDLP Councillor Ciaran Toman

One of the main arterial routes into Lurgan from the M1 has received a thumbs up for refurbishment as a commitment from the Department for Infrastructure towards a resurfacing scheme for Francis Street is secured by SDLP Councillor Ciaran Toman.

Commenting, the SDLP representative said: “For some time I have been engaging with the Department for Infrastructure, mainly with a view to securing a commitment for the resurfacing of this road but also, to look at additional safety measures which possibly could be implemented.

“Persistence has paid off and I am pleased that I am now in receipt of confirmation that the road will be included in a future programme for resurfacing. It is hoped that this scheme will go ahead in 2023, resources permitting and with utility agreement,” Councillor Toman said.

“This is long overdue, given that the resurfacing of Francis Street has been top of Roads Service agenda since 2019. However, as part of rehabilitation works in the area from NI Water, a potential resurfacing scheme was put on hold as a maintenance period of 2years was instigated over the carriageway reinstatement.

“This is a welcome development, and I will continue to press DfI to honour this commitment and to ensure minimum disruption to the local schools and residents. Road users will benefit from a much smoother journey and local homeowners will likewise benefit from the reduced noise pollution that arises from the heavy traffic over the deteriorating surface.

“There are still many areas outstanding which I have been lobbying for and I will continue to press for those works to be completed. I would encourage people to continue contacting me with concerns about their areas so I can raise them with Roads Service locally,” he added.

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