Road Service to review Camlough Road safety measures

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Wednesday, February 11th, 2015
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The Road Service is to review traffic and pedestrian safety along the Camlough Road in Newry.

Local éirígí spokesperson Stephen Murney

The commitment by the Roads Service was made at a recent meeting held between the road agency and éirígí. The meeting follows a number of recent complaints which éirígí Newry say they received from local residents, a number of which related to the dangers posed to pedestrians by cars accelerating in order to ‘jump traffic lights’. Speaking after the meeting, local éirígí spokesperson Stephen Murney said, “The Camlough Road, as it runs past the Derrybeg and Carnagat areas, with its close proximity to Daisy Hill Hospital as well as the main Belfast/Dublin motorway, is a very busy and at times very dangerous stretch of roadway. “That situation is further compounded by the fact that large numbers of children, including those of primary age, use the road twice daily on their way to and from local schools. Sadly over the years there has been several fatalities along this stretch of road. “Our party received quite a number of complaints regarding road safety issues in the area and, as a result, we sought and secured a meeting with Road Service in order to relay those concerns. Murney continued, “A site meeting was held with Roads Service to discuss these matters and to give the agency an opportunity to see some of the problems at first hand. “Part of the problem is caused by inconsiderate drivers who accelerate their speed as they approach traffic lights on the main road in order to try and ‘jump the lights’. “A number of such incidents have occurred while parents pushing babies in prams or accompanying children have been attempting to the cross the road. Elderly people have also experienced similar problems at the traffic lights.” “Along with a local community worker, I was able to highlight a number of problems. I’m pleased to report that Road Service’s representative gave a commitment that the agency will consider a number of options aimed at improving traffic and pedestrian safety in the area over the next number of months. “That may include introducing a number of traffic calming measures. It was also agreed that one of the early priorities should be the repair of the safety barrier adjacent to the traffic lights. He added, “In the meantime, I would urge pedestrians to use caution when attempting to cross at the traffic lights and I would particularly urge motorists exercise extra care when using this stretch of roadway, particularly when approaching these lights.”

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