Cookstown Area Plan 2010
Policy Framework: Transportation (Page 2 of 2)
Three major road schemes are currently contained in the Department for Regional Development's Roads Service Works Programme for Cookstown District and it is intended that these will be undertaken over the plan period as resources permit (see Plan Policy TRAN 2).
The Cookstown Eastern Distributor Road
The need for this road, incorporating an improved design, has been determined following the Cookstown Transportation Study undertaken by JMP Consultants Ltd on behalf of DRD. The Eastern Distributor Road will service new development zonings in the eastern part of Cookstown and when completed will provide relief to the town centre from through traffic.
The A29 Moneymore By-pass
The existing route of the A29 through the historic village of Moneymore is considered unsatisfactory in terms of the effect on local amenity, the character of the village and traffic flows. Accordingly, the Department for Regional Development considers it necessary to provide a by-pass.
Road Improvements between the Sandholes Road and Omagh Road
The Department for Regional Development proposes to carry out improvements to the existing road network between the Sandholes Road and the Omagh Road in Cookstown. It is considered that these improvements, together with the Eastern Distributor Road will facilitate the free movement of traffic along the Omagh, Dungannon and Moneymore Roads and will also reduce the need for traffic to travel through the town centre.
The protected road lines for these schemes are identified on the relevant Settlement Map Nos. 36a and 53a.
Minor road improvement schemes and traffic management works within the District will be undertaken by DRD over the plan period subject to available funding to address local problems. Roads Service will continue to consult Cookstown District Council annually on the schemes required and their prioritisation.
The Department for Regional Development intends to develop the Cookstown Eastern Distributor Road in stages over the plan period subject to the availability of finance. However, it is acknowledged that satisfactory access to certain zoned sites will be dependent upon the provision of the road (these are identified in Part 3 of the Plan) and as a consequence these lands may not be available for development until the appropriate stage of the road is completed. In advance of DRD providing the road and subject to phasing and other Plan policies, favourable consideration may be given to proposals where developers are willing to provide an appropriate section of the road to the Department for Regional Development's required standards and in accordance with prevailing regional planning policy.
Within Cookstown town centre there is a number of public car parks that help to relieve on-street car parking problems and contribute to the overall accessibility and attractiveness of the town centre to car-borne shoppers. Accordingly, in the interests of the vitality and viability of the town centre, the Department considers it important to protect the identified car parks by retaining them in their current use. This policy will apply equally to existing providers and any subsequent owners or operators in the event of disposal.
The Department identifies a number of walkways/cycleways throughout the district to promote these sustainable forms of travel and in recognition of their wider recreational/health and environmental benefits. Some of these routes, such as that proposed along the Ballinderry River, benefit from particularly attractive surroundings whilst others are purely practical in function.
The Regional Development Strategy (RDS) proposes the creation of walking and cycling routes to schools for children. Roads Service is currently promoting the Travelwise Safer Routes to Schools initiative to encourage more children to walk or cycle to school, thus reducing the demand on the road network at peak times.
A number of possible routes to schools is identified in Cookstown following consultation with the District Council. Roads Service will consider these routes when developing the Safer Routes to Schools initiative with schools in Cookstown.