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Upgrade of the A2 in East Antrim

Traffic congestion on the A2 road north of Belfast has grown to be a nightmare for commuters MLAs were told, on May 31 2011.

East Antrim DUP MLA Alastair Ross brought the adjournment debate in which he called for an upgrade for the road to Carrickfergus.

Earlier this year the previous regional development minister, Sinn Fein's Conor Murphy, put the redevelopment of the road on hold.

Mr Ross accused Mr Murphy of taking that decision for political reasons.

He noted that King Billy also had difficulty travelling on the route when he was there.

Jim Allister of the TUV accused Conor Murphy of having favoured of the A5 scheme from Aughnacloy to Londonderry at the expense of other road projects.

The new minister, the UUP's Danny Kennedy, said he was convinced of the merits of the scheme and intended to "explore opportunities to bring forward schemes such as the A2 Shore Road Greenisland project".

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