Transport report on Seagoe and Carn after congestion concerns

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An analysis of the road network at Seagoe and Carn industrial estates is to be carried out to assess how the area would cope with future redevelopment.

It comes after concerns were expressed by key employers that the road network is already “showing signs of distress”.

A spokesperson for ABC Council stressed the importance of accessibility “to the ongoing viability of these areas as critical locations for continued investment”.

Just this week, Invest NI revealed that the ABC council area, and Seagoe in particular, was one of the highest in the province for job creation in 2014/2015.

The transport assessment is part of a masterplan for Craigavon and Armagh which will maximise the areas for regeneration, tourism, and land and property development.

It is being carried out on behalf of ABC Council by The Paul Hogarth Company and JMP Consulting at a cost of £2,950.

According to a council spokesperson, the report will be looking at a range of zones in the area for further industrial development.

She said, “Some businesses wish to expand, so the report will be assessing land availability, as well as the viability of altering the roads system.”

According to council minutes, as well as gathering necessary data, the consultants will be outlining the steps to be taken to “resolve emerging transport constraints”.

The Paul Hogarth Company have also been responsible for undertaking a review and ‘refresh’ of the Craigavon Integrated Development Framework (CIDF) and the Armagh City Masterplan, which were originally launched in 2010 and 2009 respectively.

According to the council, the revised masterplans will detail new spatial planning and regeneration actions to be taken forward by council, as well as highlighting a number of existing projects which represent priorities for further development and delivery.

Final drafts of the plan have been prepared for each area, and transport and accessibility make up an important element.

According to the Invest NI report, two Seagoe-based companies, Almac and Moy Park, topped their best performers list across Northern Ireland last year.

The biggest single job promotion, supported by Invest NI, was announced by Moy Park which will create 628 new jobs over the next three to five years.

Meanwhile, Almac’s investment of more than £54 million to create 348 jobs over the next five years, was the second highest.

It is estimated that the assessment will be completed by the end of this month.