I made a lot of effort early in the a5 project to get them to consider a west of Foyle option. They wouldn't even consider it. You are correct as this would have replaced the need for a new N14.
Letterkenny has approx 17,000 people. Derry city including the towns within 20 miles of it has a population of approx 237,000. The aadt at Lifford bridge is 17570. The a5 at Omagh has an aadt of 19260. These are inadequate roads that need upgrading.
If you consider the aadt at the a5 border of Monaghan is only 8430 then I would say the scope for increasing trade between Dublin and the north west is huge.
Also, this investment is a very important
part of the Good Friday peace agreement and I think the risk of cancelling the investment now is too large a risk for who ever is in government.
Last edited by johnbk; 26-11-2010 at 09:56.