A4 Fivemiletown Bypass


Construction scheme (future)
To construct a bypass, to 2+1 standard, around Fivemiletown on the main A4 Belfast<>Enniskillen road.
Total Length
3.4 km / 2.1 miles

Scheme proposed - July 2006

Scheme given go-ahead - April 2008

£12m (as of 2006)
Photo / Map
See below.
See Also

General area map - Google Maps

The A4 is the main route into Fermanagh (and on to Sligo) from the Belfast direction. Running from the end of the M1 at Dungannon, the section through the Clogher Valley is the lowest standard on the whole route. While towns along the A4 in Fermanagh were generally bypassed years ago, the A4 runs straight through the centre of the three Tyrone towns of Augher (pop 400), Clogher (pop 300) and Fivemiletown (pop 1,100). These are now the only non-bypassed towns on the A4 from Dungannon to Enniskillen.

This scheme will see the largest of these, Fivemiletown, bypassed. The town currently has a one-way system to cope with the heavy traffic on the narrow Main Street, but this delays long distance traffic and is a big inconvenience to residents of the town.

The new road will be built to 2+1 standard, meaning that there will be one lane in one direction, with two in the opposite direction to permit overtaking. On longer routes, such as this one, the overtaking lane usually alternates giving an overtaking opportunity to traffic in each direction. The scheme will compliment a 2+1 scheme completed on the A4 near Fivemiletown in 2004.

Route Options

It is not yet clear whether the route will follow a northerly or a southerly route around the town. At the time of writing (July 2008) it is unlikely that any serious work has occurred on choosing the route, and while both corridors are plausible, a southerly route is marginally more likely due to the curve in the A4 at this point, and the presence of woodland to the north. This screenshot from Google Earth shows the town with the route of the A4 in yellow running from the bottom left to the right:


Looking west along A4 Main Street, Fivemiletown in January 2007. Main Street is part of the one-way-system as indicated by the painted arrow. This image was taken from the Geograph project collection. See this photograph's page on the Geograph website for the photographer's contact details. The copyright on this image is owned by Kenneth Allen and is licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 license.