A8 Belfast to Larne Dual Carriageway


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Project Description:

Roads Service is bringing forward a project to dual the A8 between the B95 Coleman’s Corner Junction and the B100 Ballyrickard Road Junction. The A8 is a strategically important road within Northern Ireland and currently carries in excess of 17,000 vehicles per day. With traffic levels continuing to grow, traffic congestion will increase and road safety will deteriorate. It is important to the economy of Northern Ireland that the port of Larne is serviced by an efficient road link. After publication of Draft Statutory Orders and the Environmental Statement in January 2011 a public inquiry was held in June 2011. At the North South Ministerial Council (NSMC) Plenary Meeting held on Friday 18 November 2011, it was noted that provision of further funding by the Irish Government, for progression of the A5 and A8 projects, was being deferred and that, in this regard, the Irish Government would provide £25 million per annum in 2015 and 2016 towards the project. On the 14th February 2012 the Executive announced that the A8 project would be taken forward. This will be subject to the outcome of the Public Inquiry process. On 1st May 2012 Minister Danny Kennedy, announced his decision to proceed with the £100million A8, Belfast to Larne, dual carriageway scheme. The contract moved into phase 2 on 30 July 2012, with construction works commencing on 31 July 2012. Works are continuing to programme.



Between £120m and £140m




Department for Infrastructure

Public Body:

DfI Roads




Primary Constituency:

East Antrim





A8 Belfast to Larne Dual Carriageway Construction Works Between £100m and £120m

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