Final phase of €16m N56 upgrade to get underway in August

first_imgContracts have been signed on the final phase of the strategic N56 Mountcharles to Inver Road Scheme, with works due to get underway next month.The N56 Drumbeigh to Inver Road Scheme which is located approximately 3.5km west of the village of Mountcharles is the second and final phase of the overall €16m N56 Mountcharles to Inver Road Scheme.  The first phase, from Mountcharles to Drumbeigh, is now approaching completion. This key strategic infrastructural project will not only improve the level of service and safety for all road users but will enhance the accessibility of south west Donegal and in particular, Killybegs Port.  Cathaoirleach Cllr. Nicholas Crossan signed contracts for the final phase last Friday afternoon.Speaking at the signing Cllr. Crossan said “this is an important step forward in securing the long term economic, social and cultural viability of Donegal and indeed South West Donegal. “This investment will see the completion of a major piece of infrastructure that will facilitate more ease of access for businesses, visitors and investors to south west Donegal including Killybegs Port which continues to be a significant contributor to the economic development of the county. “This type of investment is crucial for Donegal and the entire North West region if we are to realise our ambitions as a region for growth and prosperity.” Construction will commence in August 2019 and it is expected to be open to the public in early 2021. Wills Bros. Ltd, have been appointed contractor based on the Most Economically Advantageous Tender process. Wills Bros. Ltd have completed similar works on the Donegal’s national road network in recent years including the N56 Mountcharles To Drumbeigh Scheme, N15 Blackburn Bridge and N56 Boyoughter to Kilkenny. Cathaoirleach of Donegal MD, Cllr. Noel Jordan also welcomed the signing of the second and final contract for this project and referred to the positive impact that phase one has had on the local community saying “the impact that the work to date has had on road users and those living and working in the locality has been very positive.  What was a narrow and dangerous stretch of road is now much safer and provides greater access for all road users and especially for the local community.”Director of Roads and Transportation with Donegal County Council John McLaughlin explains “these works will see the existing N56 single carriageway with narrow hard strips and poor vertical and horizontal alignment being replaced with a new Type 1 Single Carriageway including a 3.65m wide lane in each direction with 2.5m wide hard shoulders. “Works will include site clearance, fencing, safety barriers, drainage and service ducts, diversion of watermains and other utilities, accommodation works, landscaping and environmental mitigation measures”. The construction of the works will be supervised on behalf of Donegal County Council by Roughan & O’Donovan Consulting Engineers.This Scheme is funded fully by Transport Infrastructure Ireland and is included in the published Capital Plan ‘Building on Recovery 2016 – 2021’. Final phase of €16m N56 upgrade to get underway in August was last modified: July 22nd, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:N56 Mountcharles to Inver Road Schemelast_img read more

Qantas joins Virgin in offering premium lounge entry

first_imgCompetition to keep the well-heeled separated from the hoi polloi is heating up in Australia with Qantas announcing a premium entry in Brisbane that allows elite customers to avoid everyday queues.Virgin Australia pioneered the concept in Australia when it opened its Sydney lounge five years ago and has since opened a premium entry in Brisbane as well as a quirkier “premium exit” in Melbourne.Both the Sydney and Brisbane Virgin lounges offer a kerbside entrance and valet parking. The Brisbane entrance was opened last year as part of a refurbishment that doubled the size of the lounge there.Now Qantas has joined the trend with its own premium lounge entry at Brisbane’s domestic airport, due to open with its refurbished lounge precinct next March.The new entry, located on level 1 of the terminal, will be open daily and will offer eligible customers a dedicated check-in area, bag drop, security screening and escalator with direct access to the new Qantas Lounge Precinct.   “This is about streamlining the overall departure process for our top tier Frequent Flyers from the moment they arrive at the airport,”  head of Qantas customer experience Philip Capps said in a statement.“Premium Lounge Entry will speed up the process for customers checking in both at the airport or on their mobile – allowing them to move through the terminal quickly and maximise their time relaxing or working in the lounge.’’Qantas opened a new international lounge in Brisbane this year and the domestic redevelopment includes a Chairman’s Lounge and a new look Qantas Club.Customers eligible to use the new entry include those travelling in business, Qantas Club members, Gold, Platinum and Platinum One Frequent Flyers and oneworld Sapphire and Emerald Members.last_img read more

Canada braces for Hurricane Sandy

first_imgAPTN National NewsHurricane Sandy is expected to trigger high winds over the next 24 hours throughout southern Ontario, the St. Lawrence Valley, Quebec’s Gaspe region and the province’s north-shore, according to officials with the Canadian Hurricane Centre.The hurricane is expected to hit New Jersey at around midnight and then sweep through Pennsylvania before turning northeast within 24 to 48 hours.The hurricane will cause heavy rains and winds ranging in speed between 90 and 100 kilometres per hour throughout southern Ontario and Quebec, officials said. The southern shore of Lake Huron is expected to see waves up to seven metres high as a result of the storm.The heaviest winds will probably be felt overnight followed by heavy rains late Tuesday and into Wednesday, officials said.The Maritimes will be largely spared the full wrath of the storm, officials said, with the region facing some rain and drizzle along with wind. The Nova Scotia coast is also expected to see waves ranging in height between six to eight metres, said officials.last_img read more