Work is to start in mid-September on the scheme to address traffic flow and parking in Market Square, Dungannon.
The £300K investment in the town centre has been brought about by Mid Ulster District Council, which, while not responsible for traffic management or roads issues, is working to resolve problems which arose from the first phase of public realm works in the town in 2012.
Northstone (NI) Ltd, the appointed contractor, will be delivering the project on the ground which will bring alterations to the junction at Irish Street, a left turn only from Market Square onto Church Street and a change to the Give Way at the entrance from Thomas Street to assist with pedestrian safety.
New and improved pedestrian access around and across the Square is also included, together with wider parking bays for ease of customer parking, the addition of a footpath at the Square’s car park and additional car parking in the square when it is not hosting events.
Chair of the Council, Councillor Kim Ashton, has welcomed the progress and is looking forward to seeing work begin on the ground:
“Access issues in and around Market Square have been the subject of on-going complaints for the last number of years and as I said only a short while ago when the scheme received planning permission, the process has been lengthy, but our lobbying for these changes has been rewarded.
“We remain committed to ensuring that there is as little disruption as possible to local people and to our local businesses, and thank everyone for their continued patience and understanding as the work commences.
“We will provide updates on progress as often as possible and would encourage anyone with questions or queries to contact us”.
The improvement scheme will begin on Monday 11 September and should be completed in approximately 10 weeks.
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