A BILLBOARD campaign demanding the commencement of the A5 Dual Carriageway has been launched by Sinn Féin in response to the rising number of tragic road deaths.
Signs have strategically been placed along the 85km route through West Tyrone.
Sinn Féin elected representatives in the constituency gathered at the launch at the Newtownstewart by-pass on Friday evening.
West Tyrone MP Órfhlaith Begley explained how this action has been taken following recent tragedies on the A5.
She said, “The siting of these billboards along the A5 route in West Tyrone is as part of the campaign demanding that there be no further delay in the commencement of the A5 scheme.
“The vital need for the A5 dual carriageway to proceed as planned has been so tragically reinforced by the heartrending scenes of carnage we have once again witnessed on the road in recent weeks.
“Too many lives have already been unnecessarily lost because of delays in the upgrade and further tragedy could be avoided if the A5 dual carriageway was allowed to proceed as planned.
“The vast majority of people in this area want to see the necessary improvements to the A5 happen as quickly as possible and are frustrated by the repeated delays as a result of unrepresentative legal challenges.”
In light of the need for “urgent action” to progress this work, the local MP says she is seeking an immediate meeting with those challenging this project through the courts.
Ms Begley said, “I will urge them to find alternative ways to voice their opposition without delaying the necessary improvements to the road.
“I am appealing to the Alternative A5 Alliance to end its blocking tactics and to withdraw its legal challenge.
“On the basis of road safety alone, the A5 dual carriageway is long-overdue as well as being essential to tackling historic infrastructure imbalance and socio-economic neglect in this part of Ireland.”