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Timmy Trumpet To Headline Belfast Vital This Summer

Timmy Trumpet has been announced as a headline act for Belfast Vital at Boucher Road on Saturday 24 August.

The award winning artist will be joined by Jonas Blue, Fedde Le Grand, Marlo and Jay Pryor.

The Australian DJ's breakthrough single 'Freaks' reigned in over half a billion streams and dominated the charts in ten countries.

Tickets are priced at £37 plus booking fee and will go on sale this Friday, 01 March from Ticketmaster.

Road Safety Project Gets Underway In Armagh

Work has commenced on a £161,000 road improvement scheme in County Armagh.

The project for the Legacorry Road in Richhill, which got underway today, 27 February, aims to improve safety for drivers and enhance the road network by increasing forward visibility and horizontal alignment as well as providing localised road widening. 

Demolition work to remove existing agricultural buildings has already been carried out.

Roadworks are expected to be completed by the end of April 2019.

In order to facilitate the project, traffic control will be in place from Wednesday 27 February until Monday 11 March. A full road closure of the Legacorry road will then be necessary until Friday 26 April. During this time traffic will be diverted via the A3 Armagh Road and the Corcreevey Road.

Tyrone Town To Benefit From Multi-Million Pound Upgrade

A County Tyrone town has been awarded a £3 million investment by the Department for Communities for a public improvement scheme.

The core retail and commercial areas of Coalisland will be given a facelift, with upgrades to roads, paving, footpaths, drainage and landscaping.
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Street lighting and furniture, new signage and planting as well as provisions for festive lighting in the town will also be added as part of the scheme, a combined investment with Mid Ulster District Council.

Announcing the funding, Paul McNaught from the Department for Communities, said: "This public realm scheme for Coalisland is the latest in a series of regeneration projects supported by the Department in the Mid Ulster area. This investment in Coalisland town centre will enhance and modernise this important retail core. It is anticipated that the public realm scheme will help to stimulate business, increase footfall, improve pedestrian safety and enhance the local community's environment, laying the foundations for future development and investment."

The project will enhance movement and safety throughout the town, improve pedestrian access for all, decrease the number of derelict properties and provide new lighting to improve safety within the town centre, thus reducing the potential for anti-social behaviour. Improved traffic management and parking lies at the heart of the scheme and will see the introduction of formalised accessible parking bays, additional off-street car parking and improved road markings and signage.

Welcoming the Department's confirmation of funding, Chair of the Council, Councillor Sean McPeake, said: "This news follows successful planning approval for what is a multi-million pound investment in Coalisland which will transform the town centre, not only enhancing the appearance, but also addressing issues with parking and traffic flow. 

"High quality public realm schemes like this contribute to the revitalisation of our town centres, encouraging visitors to the retail core and supporting wider business development."


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