UUP MLA Robin Swann has “warmly welcomed” the start of the scheme to continue dualling of the A26.
He was speaking as he joined Roads Minister Danny Kennedy at the official ground-breaking ceremony for the commencement of the continued dualling of the route between Ballymoney and Ballymena.
He stated: “It was an occasion of mixed emotions. As a party, we are we pleased to see the official start to this much-needed road improvement scheme, but it is also tinged with great sadness as we remember those killed and injured over the years at this notorious accident blackspot.
“While, as a community, we should warmly welcome the beginning of this project because it should make this stretch of the A26 safer for motorists, we should also remember in our thoughts and prayers the families who have lost loved ones or had loved ones injured as a result of incidents along this dangerous piece of road.
“We hope, too, when the project is finally completed that it will enable this stretch of the A26 to lose the terrible reputation of being one of the Province’s most notorious accident blackspots,” said Assemblyman Swann.