The party’s infrastructure spokesperson said that while it was ‘of concern’ initial plans had not received local community support, there was not solid reason to block the project moving forward as the judicial review had been turned down.
Kellie Armstrong MLA said: “I recognise the frustration felt locally by those fearful of how the planned dual carriageway will impact the surrounding countryside.
“It is unfortunate that when the initial plans were being put together and money being committed there was not enough attention given to consulting with the local community – a move that could have gone a long way to allaying many fears.
“It is my understanding the Heaney Swans are not set to be negatively impacted, so today’s decision should draw a line under what has been a trying time for all involved.
“The new A6 dual carriageway at Toome should now be allowed to proceed without further delay, helping ease a regularly congested area of our roads.”