Safety concerns at ‘dangerous’ junction

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Tuesday, September 27th, 2016
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Local Ulster Unionist representatives, Danny Kennedy MLA and Cllr David Taylor have met with residents from the Church Road Jerrettspass area to discuss their safety concerns at the busy junction on the A28 Armagh Road, Newry.
Danny Kennedy MLA & Councillor David Taylor with Cindy Noble, Transport NI & local residents

Danny Kennedy MLA & Councillor David Taylor with Cindy Noble, Transport NI & local residents

The representatives met on site with residents and the local Transport NI Section Engineer, Cindy Noble to discuss a range of safety measures following several very serious accidents at the location. There has been a number of serious accidents and near misses at this location, including incidents which resulted in serious life threatening injuries to local residents and these were explained at the meeting. A number of proposals were suggested to increase road safety at the junction and the TNI official undertook to have these explored as a matter of urgency, and both local representatives confirmed their intention to continue to press for urgent action at the junction. Speaking after the meeting, Cllr David Taylor said, “It is absolutely imperative that measures are taken as quickly as possible to reduce the danger to residents at this Church Road junction. “There is a clear history of serious accidents at this location and our fear is, that without any safety measures being implemented, something more serious will occur. TNI must act now to prevent such a scenario.” Cllr Taylor’s comments were echoed by his Party colleague Danny Kennedy MLA, who said, “Whilst the meeting was useful, action by TNI is now required to provide residents of Church Road and road users with more safety. I will be pursuing this matter with TNI and pressing for urgent measures as a matter of priority.”

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