Seán Neeson MLA said: “I very much welcome this announcement. The improvement to the A8 has been long overdue. Regrettably, there have been quite a substantial number of fatal accidents on the road in recent years.
“This upgrade will be a major boost to the Port of Larne and will bring the road up to the standard of a European trans-network road.
“Along with the upgrading of the Westlink, this will be a major boost to the whole of East Antrim.”