06/08/2007

Tailbacks Cause Chaos On New Cross-Border Road

The Roads Service is to review a temporary road layout on the new cross-border dual carriageway following a weekend of tailbacks and complaints from motorists.

The road near Newry was opened on Thursday and was built to cut journey times from Belfast to Dublin.

However, within hours of the road being opened, the first queues formed near Cloghogue, although there were hopes that the opening of the last section of dual carriageway would solve problems.

Instead, motorists found themselves stuck in long queues and tailbacks close to Cloghogue.

The cross-border project is costing tens of millions of pounds and work is to begin on a further 12km stretch and the Roads Service said its staff would be examining what caused the tailbacks on Sunday.

The Department of Regional Development said that they would also be monitoring and reviewing the position to see if any minor alterations could be made to the temporary road layout at Cloghogue roundabout.

(SB/KMcA)

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