Council Chairman Officially opens new Cranny Road in Omagh


Council Chairman Officially opens new Cranny Road in Omagh The Trust today welcomed Omagh  District  Council Chairman, Councillor Martin McColgan to officially open  the new link road and cycle path adjacent to the Tyrone and Fermanagh Hospital, Omagh. The link road and cycle path which stretches two-thirds of a mile, starts  at the Drumragh College Roundabout and runs parallel with the disused railway line crossing a new bridge over the Camowen River until it meets the Donaghanie Road.

Joe  Lusby,  Western  Trust Deputy Chief Executive said: “I am delighted to welcome  Councillor  McColgan to officially open the Cranny Road. This link road  was  a  planning  condition  requirement  to improve the traffic flow anticipated when the new enhanced local hospital opens at the site in 2016. Motorists currently using the hospital’s private grounds as a through route are requested to use the new Cranny road in future.”

He  continued:  “I  would  like to acknowledge the contractor consortium of Whitemountain Quarries/Coffey and civil engineers Doran Consulting who have delivered  the scheme on time and on budget. The road and associated bridge cost  £3.7m  to construct and is 1.1km in length. This investment is a very tangible  demonstration of the Trust’s commitment to the provision of first class  health  and social care services for the Omagh community and we look forward  to progressing further phases of the hospital development over the coming months.”

Omagh District Council Chairman, Councillor McColgan said: “I welcome the construction and opening of this new road as an important link road to service the new Local Hospital. I also warmly welcome the provision of a cycle path as part of the construction as it dovetails perfectly with the Council’s commitment to providing over five miles of cycle paths in the town.  As an official Heart Town, Omagh District Council is encouraging the people of the district to adopt a healthier lifestyle and it is appropriate that this cycle path is located on the grounds of a healthcare facility.”

Michael  MacCrossan,  Western  Trust  Local  Enhanced Hospital Project Lead added:  “The  advance  construction  of  the  road  under an enabling works contract  completed  in  late December 2013 will ease current traffic flows through the private grounds of the Tyrone and Fermanagh Hospital as well as help  the  movement  of  works  vehicles  moving  on  and  off the hospital construction site over the next two years.”