A8 dualling will ‘ensure future of Larne port’

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has welcomed the completion of a £130 million project to improve the A8 Larne to Belfast road.

FTA says that this is “a vital route for freight travelling to and from the port”.

FTA also believes the road will “improve Northern Ireland’s connectivity and ensure the long-term future of Larne port”.

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Seamus Leheny, FTA policy and membership relations manager for Northern Ireland, said: “It is an essential link in our supply chain between businesses in Northern Ireland, as well as Republic of Ireland, and the large freight hubs and distribution centres in northern England and Scotland that we rely on to keep many of our businesses stocked with goods.

Mr Leheny said reduced journey time would make Larne port more competitive with Belfast and Warrenpoint and would cut costs for transport operators.

“We would expect to see an increase in the volume of freight handled by the Port of Larne,” he added.