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Strule Shared Education Campus: Update

Oral Answers to Questions — Education – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 3:15 pm on 19th January 2016.

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Photo of Declan McAleer Declan McAleer Sinn Féin 3:15 pm, 19th January 2016

T3. Mr McAleer asked the Minister of Education for an update on the Strule education campus. (AQT 3353/11-16)

Photo of John O'Dowd John O'Dowd Sinn Féin

The Strule education campus is moving forward as planned. Development and building work has started in relation to Arvalee special needs school. The Member will be aware that the site clearance is well advanced in relation to the Strule education campus. We expect completion around 2020. I am satisfied that all required progress is being made on the Strule site.

Photo of Declan McAleer Declan McAleer Sinn Féin

Go raibh maith agat. I thank the Minister for his answer. I understand that a key development for progressing the campus is the development of the Strathroy link road. Is the Minister in a position to provide an update on that project?

Photo of John O'Dowd John O'Dowd Sinn Féin

The Department is working with Transport NI to progress the Strathroy link road, which is a key element of the campus traffic management solution. Transport NI published a draft vesting order in November 2015. Public consultation has been completed, and no objections were received. The procurement process for the contractor is scheduled to commence at the end of March 2016. Work on the site is scheduled to commence in January 2017, with completion by April 2018.