Roads Minister, Danny Kennedy has indicated that he will look at the possibility of decoupling the proposed Dungiven bypass from the A6 upgrade, it has emerged.

Mr Kennedy also indicated that a bypass of the town would be prioritised as most important during a meeting with Sinn Féin councillor, Rory Donaghy.

Councillor Donaghy has welcomed the positive comments on the potential of a Dungiven bypass.

Speaking after Thursday’s meeting, Mr Donaghy said: "The meeting went well and he indicated that he agrees with us that that the health implications for the town due to traffic pollution can only be addressed by a bypass for the town.

"He also indicated that he is willing to look at decoupling the Dungiven bypass from the whole A6 upgrade to make in effect 3 phases with Dungiven potentially being prioritised as the most important."

He added: "With the inspectors report arising from the public inquiry due out within months it is now incumbent on all of us to keep up the pressure on the minister so this much needed and long overdue bypass can be completed as soon as possible."

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