A special purpose project company Amey Roads NI Ltd was created to manage the overall Design, Build, Finance, Operate Package 2 (DBFO2) Contract.

This 30 year, £250 million capital expenditure project commenced in 2007 with the construction work being undertaken by a Joint Venture between Ferrovial Agroman Ireland and Lagan Construction.  Amey were appointed the Operations and Maintenance (O&M) contractors for the scheme.

The project formed part of Northern Ireland’s £18 billion investment strategy, ‘Building a Better Future’.  The aim of this strategy was to make Northern Ireland a better place to ‘live, work, learn and grow’.  Under the strategy, the region’s schools, roads, water, waste, health and office infrastructure were to be improved over the next decade.

As part of this development programme, the Northern Ireland Department for Regional Development identified two packages of work to improve the strategic road network across Northern Ireland.  These were delivered as Public Private Partnerships (PPPs).

Within the packages of work for DBFO2, the consortium was to:

  • Upgrade the existing A1 which included the provision of 4 grade separated junctions on the existing dualled section and construction of a new outer by-pass of the existing single carriageway at Newry, between Beech Hill and Cloghogue.
  • Provide a new dual carriageway from the A4 Dungannon to Ballygawley.
  • Operate and maintain the entire 125km length of road for the 30 year contract period, including all lifecycle and major maintenance of pavements and structures.

The project commenced Year 11 (of 30) in April 2017.