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Changes Needed on Buncrana Road Upgrade - Retail NI

Connor Fitzgerald, Elisha McCallion MP, David Barber & Glyn Roberts

3rd April 2019

A delegation of Buncrana Road based Retail NI members has met with local Derry Sinn Fein and SDLP representatives today to discuss their proposals for improving access to their stores on the proposed upgrade to the road.

Retail NI has already met with officials from Department for Infrastructure in the last few weeks to outline their concerns with the plans.

David Barber, Retail NI Board Member and Buncrana Road Trader said:

“This was a useful engagement with the political representatives. We appreciate their support”

"We have concerns with the proposed upgrade plan as it will restrict customer access to my business, the many other businesses on our site and our colleagues in the Centra store, the Post Office and other traders across the road"

"Over 200 people are employed between our two businesses and we need to ensure that the upgraded road will support the future growth of traders in the area"

“We have outlined some practical changes to the plans, which would include an additional roundabout and look forward to further engagement”

Retail NI Chief Executive Glyn Roberts who also attended the meeting said:

“Retail NI supports the overall plan to upgrade the Buncrana Road. It will be a vital investment in the infrastructure of Derry, the North West and support the Derry-Strabane City Deal”

“However, the upgrade has to also work for local traders and ensure that their businesses can grow”

“We believe our proposals are a win-win for the overall project and local traders”

Note to Editors:

The delegation met Elisha McCallion MP, Mark H Durkin MLA and a meeting with Gary Middleton MLA is planned. Connor Fitzgerald represented the Centra on Buncrana Road (see picture)