here a selection of views from the Ulster Herald (23 July 2009) on the A5 announcement ...links to scanned artcles (pdf)
*1* Transition Town Omagh Malcom Lake response to the announcement
*2* Opportunity for Omagh: the road could create 1000 jobs
*3* A5 fears for businesses and communities
*4* Road services must heed concerns of landowners
*4* The new A5 at a glance
*5* Angry farmers confront the minister
On 21 July 2009 Northern Ireland Transport Minister Conor Murphy announced the preffered route for the £850M A5 dualling system from Aughnacloy to Derry/Londonderry.
The usual flurry of media articles followed with a mixed-bag of views: the ones who welcome it (more jobs, Derry back on the map), the ones who dread if for loosing their businesses and homes and the ones who simply wonder....
Do we really need to invest such a vast amount of money on 'solely' new roads at a time of increasing costs of petrol and fossil fuels? Are there plans for sustainable and efficient means of public transport? Why the P word (Peak Oil) is never mentioned in this announcements? Yet the media has started warming up to the idea (see the an article on the Independent
(3 august) - also appeared on the Belfast Telegraph
Can we start thinking outside the box and explore alternative ways of placing our City right at the centre of the Map? Can we start looking into a range cost effective means of transport that stand to the future challenges of fuel scarcity and serve the needs of people?
Please voice your questions, views and flag up resources,