Call for traffic calming measures outside primary school

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Tuesday, October 4th, 2016
Community, Politics
SDLP Councillor Pete Byrne has called for traffic calming measures at St. Michael’s Primary School, Newtownhamilton following a collision outside the building last week. pete-byrneSpeaking to Newry Times, Byrne said, “Before the Summer I met with school staff who raised concerns over the speed cars are travelling at past St. Michael’s Primary School. “I was reliably informed that many drivers do not abide by the 30 mile per hour restriction outside the school building which makes it incredibly dangerous for children especially around pick up times. “During the meeting it was agreed that simple measures such as ensuring cars are not allowed to park along the footpath outside the school would help to ensure the safety of children who may not fully understand the dangers of walking between cars onto the road. “I was further informed that last week a collision took place outside the school which thankfully occurred just before children finished school,” he continued. “This is in addition to an incident last year where a car crashed into a school barrier.
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September 2016“I have contacted Transport NI to get an update on the request I made for road markings at the council meeting in June. Our MLA Justin McNulty has also written to the Minister on behalf of the school to raise the need for traffic calming measures to be introduced directly outside the school. Byrne added, “He also asked for an update on whether any works are scheduled for this area. We have the power to ensure that a serious incident is prevented and I would call on the Minister and relevant bodies to ensure that it is prevented by implementing traffic calming measures before it is too late.”
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