‘Tranport NI needs to review Winter Service for rural schools’ – Ennis

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Monday, February 9th, 2015
Community, Politics
Crotlieve Sinn Fein councillor Sinead Ennis has called on Transport NI to request a review of its Winter Service response in areas around rural schools. Councillor Ennis expressed concern that the last time such a review was carried out was in 2008/9 and that there have been significant changes to the location of many school entrances. The local representative explained, “Since the last examination in 2008/9 and as a result of new school builds and renovations, there is a clear need to re-examine the response strategy. “Many schools in rural areas are now located on “secondary” salting routes which has occasioned major havoc for motorists and parents alike during periods of icy weather. “I would also like to remind school principals of the emergency number below and would encourage them to use this facility whenever they deem necessary. As an extra precaution I have requested that Transport NI should be extra vigilant with regard to the stock of salt in the grit boxes situated around the local area to help ease the burden on constituents travelling to work and leaving children to school over the winter period.” The Emergency, After Hours telephone operator is available on (028) 37529500 or the local Section Office can be contacted on (028) 30253333 during normal working hours which are 0900 to 1630, Monday to Friday.

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