Erection of Creggan Footbridge is welcomed

Emma Taylor Posted by
Friday, April 20th, 2012

Slieve Gullion Councillor Colman Burns has welcomed the news that the new footbridge at Creggan is due to be installed on Friday 27th April 2012.

Speaking to Newry Times, Councillor Burns explained, “This is an extremely welcome development for the people of Creggan and all those who currently use the footbridge. Contractors have been working for a number of months preparing the site and I am delighted that the bridge is arriving on-site in the coming days. The people of Creggan and other bridge users have waited for a very long time for safety measures to prevent another fatality at this location.”

He continued, “Young children and adults alike took their life in their hands as they tried to negotiate a way across the existing bridge which was quite simply not fit for purpose. I and other members of the Sinn Féin team on Newry council have consistently pointed out these dangers to Roads Service Officials. We met in Newry and on site on many occasions in a bid to find a solution to this escalating problem as the road traffic count continued to rise dramatically. Collectively we came up with this solution and it is great to see that the footbridge will soon be in use as work is nearing completion at Creggan.”

Burns added, “Due to the size of the bridge structure, it will be necessary to close the road on Friday 27th from 9.30am until 4.00pm. Diversions will be in place and people should allow extra time for their journey to compensate for this. Hopefully, people will not be too inconvenienced and everyone will understand the importance of this work to the local Creggan community.”

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