“in the near future.
“As with all our Major Works projects it is difficult to indicate when this scheme may commence on site, however, I would estimate the earliest that any works could start would be 2019 subject to the proposal continuing to have a satisfactory economic appraisal, clearing the statutory procedures, and the funding being made available in future budget settlements.”
Meanwhile a statement from the Department for Regional Development said: “Significant development work has already been undertaken regarding the A1 junctions Phase 2 proposal, however, much still remains.
“The next stage includes completing the detailed design and then presenting the proposal through the Environmental Statement, Direction Order and Vesting Order statutory procedures.
“This process may include public inquiries.”
The statement went on to highlight that there are still a number of requirements which must be attained before work can commence.
“Delivery of the proposal remains subject to statutory procedures, having a satisfactory economic appraisal and is dependent on future funding levels.It is expected that it would take around five years to complete this work.
“The final decision on the preferred option for the scheme is currently under consideration”.