RELATIVES of some of those killed in road accidents on the A5 could become involved in a legal challenge led by campaigners, Action for the A5.
The group, which is lobbying for an early start to work on the £850m dual-carriageway, says it has not ruled out the possibility of turning to the courts.
They say that they are currently speaking with a number of people bereaved as a result of accidents on the route, with a view to launching the legal bid.
Its chairman, Professor Pat Darcy, told the Ulster Herald that the environmental issues in relation to the High Court decision to quash approval for the road could be the basis for their challenge.
“It is impossible to believe that there was not serious negligence on the part of the Department for Regional Development or its specialist agencies,” he said.
“This is in relation to the omission to carry out all necessary EU environmental Directives in the lead-up to the court action which has caused the delay in starting the work.
“The Anti-A5 Alliance in delaying the dual-carriageway has shown scant regard for those people who have suffered the loss of family members in accidents on the present road.
“Their so-called environmental ‘concerns’ are nothing more than a cover for the vested interests which wish to hold up the road despite the overwhelming arguments in its favour.”
Mr Darcy also said Action for the A5 was unhappy at the failure of Roads Minister, Danny Kennedy, to respond to the group’s request for details on a timeframe for completion of the outstanding environmental reports, which have led to the delay.
He said the lobbyists’ aim was to ensure that the genuine interests of road users and the public are brought to the fore and that the new road is started in the fastest possible time.