‘Street lighting essential at accident black-spot’ – McKevitt

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Monday, March 14th, 2016
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SDLP MLA Karen McKevitt has called on the Minister of Regional Development to dedicate funds to the installation of street lights at the Beech Hill junction of the A1 Carriageway.
SDLP MLA Karen McKevitt

SDLP MLA Karen McKevitt

A recent review of the area from TransportNI detailed that the site merited an upgrade given its history of fatal accidents. Speaking to Newry Times, McKevitt said, “In my recent meeting with the Regional Development Minister we discussed the progress of the safety upgrade of the A1. In a follow-up letter her department detailed that while the overall process is on-going, the installation of street lighting at the Beech Hill Junction was required. “A report by TransportNI into the history of this junction only repeats what all local people already know, that this is an accident black-spot and action must be taken before we see another fatality.
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10131 Longwalk Campaign Newry Times_2 400pxX400 v02“In their assessment TransportNI agreed that the site merited the provision of street lighting. The introduction of this safety measure could only make the road safer for motorists and potentially save lives. She added, “It is hard to put a price on that. I call on the Minister to move quickly and act on this recommendation to install lighting at the Beech Hill Junction.”

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