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Residents' fears over road plan

Buncrana Road, Derry
The Buncrana Road in Derry will become a dual-carriageway

Residents living near the Buncrana Road in Londonderry have said they fear houses may have to be demolished to make way for a road upgrade.

On Tuesday the roads minister, Conor Murphy, announced the preferred route for the dual-carriageway, to run from Pennyburn roundabout to the border.

Patrick Durnin, who lives beside the road, said residents are worried.

"We don't know if they're going to take gardens away, we don't know if they're going to knock down houses," he said.

"All we are definitely sure of is that the traffic is coming closer to my door and it's going to make life just hell," said Mr Durnin.

Mr Murphy said the project would significantly improve traffic flow, reduce delays and promote road safety.

Land and property owners along the Buncrana Road are to receive direct notification of the preferred route.

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