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Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry, DUP)

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many vehicles per day on average used the Glenshane Pass in either direction between Dungiven and Maghera in the latest period for which figures are available.

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David Cairns (Parliamentary Under-Secretary (also Scotland Office), Scotland Office, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (also Scotland Office), Northern Ireland Office; Inverclyde, Labour)

The Chief Executive of Roads Service (Dr. Malcolm McKibbin) has been asked to write to the hon. Gentleman in response to this question.

Letter from Malcolm McKibbin, dated 30 May 2006:

You recently asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland a Parliamentary Question regarding how many vehicles per day on average used the Glenshane Pass in either direction between Dungiven and Maghera in the latest period for which figures are available.

As this issue falls within my responsibility as Chief Executive of Roads Service, I have been asked to reply.

By way of background I should explain that Roads Service collects traffic volume data by means of 270 automatic census points strategically located throughout the Northern Ireland road network. The information is recorded for one week in each quarter during the year and an annual average calculated. The results are published in Roads Service's annual Traffic and Travel Information Report, which presents the traffic volumes in a variety of formats for each site.

Roads Service have a counter on the A6 Castledawson to Dungiven road, west of Maghera at Ranaghan. The latest data on the average daily number of vehicles using the Glenshane Pass in either direction between Dungiven and Maghera is shown in the table below.

Location Average daily flow
Between Dungiven and Maghera 5,430
Between Maghera and Dungiven 5,500

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