With the A1 to Belfast one of the busiest routes out of Newry, proposed road improvements between Hillsborough Roundabout and Loughbrickland on the dual carriageway should be very welcome indeed.

Proposals to improve the A1 are open to consultation. Photograph: Columba O'Hare
Proposals to improve the A1 are open for consultation. Photograph: Columba O'Hare

Proposals include closure of all gaps in the central reserve and the provision of continuous central reserve safety barrier; grade separation of 4 junctions, a northbound on-slip to the A1 from Castlewellan Road, Banbridge; closure of some side roads; a link road between Milebush Road and the Hillsborough Road, Dromore; and the rationalisation/relocation of existing bus-stops.

The Department for Infrastructure will be holding consultation events in the following locations over the coming weeks:

Banbridge Town Hall, 11am-8pm, Wednesday 14 June

Hillsborough Court House, 11am-8pm, Tuesday 20 June

Dromore Town Hall, 11am-8pm, Thursday 22 June

These events are part of an ongoing programme of consultation with the local community. Following the consultation events the Department will consider all views that have been put forward.

Proposals are also available online at:

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