Member of Parliament for South Down, Margaret Ritchie, has called on the Department for Infrastructure to ensure funding is allocated to the Newry Mourne and Down West Transport NI Department to allow the upgrade of a series of roads from Kilkeel to Warrenpoint.
Ms Ritchie said, “I understand a number of proposed resurfacing schemes on the A2 are in the long term provisional programme. This includes, in particular, the stretches through Ballymartin village and a number of schemes along Seaview, Warrenpoint and Rostrevor Road, Warrenpoint.
At present these schemes will be prioritised and programmed subject to suitable finance being made available.
In late June the Minister announced £10 million funding for the upgrade of rural road. I am urging the Department to ensure a share of this funding is allocated to the Newry Mourne and Down West to allow these essential upgrades to take place.
The improvement of this road would allow for a greater transport links and interconnectivity between the two ports of Kilkeel and Warrenpoint. This would enable the potential for growth and economic regeneration. It is essential these monies are made available for the benefit and prosperity of Kilkeel, Warrenpoint and the interlinking towns and villages of Rostrevor, Ballymartin and Annalong.”