Safety improvements at South Armagh danger spot welcomed

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Saturday, June 11th, 2016
Slieve Gullion Sinn Féin Councillor Mickey Larkin has welcomed safety improvements at either end of the Longfield Road Forkhill and Lislea. larkin21“Both myself and former Councillor Anthony Flynn met with Roads Service on site at Longfield over a year ago,” he told Newry Times. “This followed a number of serious accidents at sharp bends in the road. Residents had contacted us after the latest crash which saw a number of people hurt, including young children. “Householders witnessed injured children laid out at the side of the road following the incident. This spurred us on to request an urgent site meeting with engineers from Roads Service. “Thankfully the Department were quick to accommodate this and following a discussion during which the fears of residents were taken on board we secured an assurance that measures would be put in place to increase safety and reduce the likelihood of accidents. “The first section at Lislea was completed last July and the bends at Forkhill were finished in March this year. A high friction surface and road markings were provided on both lanes at the two sites to enhance safety. “I would like to thank both the Department and their staff who worked on this for acting to resolve the issues at a time of reduced budgets.
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May June 2016 updatedLarkin added, “With the help of residents we were able to make a case and local government responded to the needs of the community. There is much more work to be done and I can assure the people of South Armagh that we are in there fighting for funding for this area.”
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