Alliance calls for traffic calming measures in Dundrum

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Monday, May 21st, 2012
Alliance Newcastle Councillor Patrick Clarke has written to DRD Roads Service expressing his deep concern at the continued lack of movement towards implementing traffic calming measures on the Dromara Road and School Hill leading into Dundrum village. The Newcastle Councillor believes that the matter needs to be urgently addressed and has asked that a traffic calming scheme is prioritised for Dundrum village following local residents and parents contacting him about the escalating situation of speeding motorists. Clarke stated: “The issue of traffic speeding into Dundrum village from the Dromara road and School Hill has been a major local concern for many years. There is a 30mph speed limit which is continually being broken by motorists driving into a built up residential area. Vehicles are being driven well in excess of the 30mph speed limit causing concern to local residents and parents as well as being a danger to children. The same answer keeps coming back from DRD Roads Service that they receive a large number of requests to consider proposals to make improvements to the road network, and a traffic calming measure scheme for Dundrum  is not high priority.” “Whilst I understand that DRD Roads Service have to prioritise work regarding the delivery of traffic calming schemes throughout Northern Ireland there seems to be no urgency or time-frame being given to deliver a scheme for the Dromara Road and School Hill in Dundrum. At the Down District Policing Partnership meeting last year in Dundrum concerned parents also raised this issue with the PSNI about speeding vehicles driving through a built up residential area along the Dromara Road and School Hill.” He added, “Residents and parents living in the nearby housing developments have raised this matter with me which I have subsequently made representations to DRD Roads Service for consideration. I have also again raised the speeding problem with the Community Safety section of the PSNI who are monitoring the Dromara Road and School Hill.”
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