Increase in traffic flow in Moneymore when Cookstown Bypass is completed 'a pressing concern for residents'

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Moneymore could see an increase in traffic flow of up to five per cent once the £70m Cookstown Bypass is completed in 2028.

In a letter to Ulster Unionist candidate for Mid Ulster Jay Basra, the Department for Infrastructure said traffic modelling undertaken to date indicates that traffic flow through the village is forecast to increase by around 4-5 per cent as result of rerouting on to A29 Cookstown Bypass Scheme.

The letter continues: “Consequently, the journey times through Moneymore are likely to increase marginally, however this is expected when building a new section of road infrastructure of this scale."

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Mr Basra said while the Cookstown Bypass is a positive development for the town and its continued growth, it's important to note that it has not fully resolved the traffic issue on the A29.

Traffic flow in Moneymore is expected to increase once the Cookstown Bypass is completed 1n 2028, Credit: GoogleTraffic flow in Moneymore is expected to increase once the Cookstown Bypass is completed 1n 2028, Credit: Google
Traffic flow in Moneymore is expected to increase once the Cookstown Bypass is completed 1n 2028, Credit: Google
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"In fact, it has effectively kicked the can down the road. The village of Moneymore, unfortunately, will bear the brunt of this with a 4 – 5% increase in traffic flow once the Cookstown Bypass is complete.

"Moneymore is gridlock at peak times now. The significant increase in traffic flow, directly resulting from the bypass, is a pressing concern for many residents. This further highlights the need for a more comprehensive transport strategy.

"I am aware that there is a new Transport Strategy in development. However, it must be said that this is too little, too late, for Moneymore residents. Overall there is a need for consistency and coherency, we simply are not receiving anything close to this.

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"Drips and drabs of infrastructural improvement are not what the people of Mid Ulster need. The people need a comprehensive plan and strategy to resolve the bottlenecks on the A29, as well as the traffic flow. We must allow for manageable traffic flow to grow our towns and villages”.

The need for a bypass at Moneymore to be included in the Cookstown scheme was raised over two years ago by a local representatives at a series of meetings with the Department for Infrastructue. However former Sinn Féin Roads Minister Chris Hazzard insisted that a bypass at Moneymore was “not a priority”.