Local Councillors highlight South Armagh road concerns

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Thursday, August 22nd, 2019

Slieve Gullion Sinn Féin Councillors Mickey Larkin and Oonagh Magennis have raised concerns over the junction at Drumalt Road on the Silverbridge hill.

Speaking to Newry Times, Councillor Larkin stated, “Both Oonagh and myself have had many reports of collisions and near misses on the approach to this junction over the past few months.

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“For those vehicles travelling towards Crossmaglen, there is a sharp right turn onto the Drumalt Road.



“Cars, tractors and lorries have to stop dead in order to turn onto the Drumalt Road.

“With a number of blind bends leading into this junction, anyone who has stopped with the intention of turning right are vulnerable to rear collisions.

“It may not be viable to change the layout of this junction, however, there needs to a review of the safety of it,” he added.

Councillor Magennis stated, “It is only a matter of time before there is a serious incident at this treacherous junction.



“This is an extremely busy road at all times, and although speeding is an issue that only drivers can address, it is necessary for some sort of warning signage to be constructed in order to at least warn road users of this junction on approach from both sides of the road. 

“She added, “The Department for Infrastructure (DfI) has been contacted on this issue and we await their reply to see how this situation can be addressed adequately for road users and local residents alike.”



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