Warrenpoint roads ‘worst in Roads Service network’

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Wednesday, April 4th, 2018
Community, Politics

Newry, Mourne and Down Councillor Mickey Ruane has said that residents, pedestrians, visitors and motorists using the roads in the Warrenpoint area feel that the roads must be ranked as the worst in the entire Roads Service network.

“What we are facing is a shame and a disgrace,” said the local Councillor.



“Roads throughout the town and the rural hinterland are in a horrendous state and pothole ridden. Upper Dromore Road, Seaview, Queen St, Forth Road, Great George’s Street, Clontifleece Road, Lurgancanty Road, Rostrevor to Hilltown Road and the carriageway travelling from Warrenpoint to Newry are just examples of roads that many feel fail to meet basic standards.”

The Sinn Féin Councillor said that there were genuine concerns about the safety of pedestrians and motorists using the roads in and around Warrenpoint. “Motorists are driving in the middle of roads to avoid damage to their vehicles and unfortunately this is at the same time creating a danger to pedestrians. Someone eventually is going to be badly injured or even worse.”



The local representative continued, “This is a totally unacceptable situation and I hold the Department of Infrastructure (DfI) Roads Service entirely responsible. The Department has failed the residents of Warrenpoint.

“For a number of years it has been made aware of the sub-standard roads network in the town and have in the past approved resurfacing projects only to delay them.”

Councillor Ruane added, “The people of Warrenpoint are at the end of their tether with this unacceptable situation. Frustration is now turning to anger. Roads Service need to take immediate and urgent action to address the situation and that is the clear message my colleagues in Sinn Fein will be telling them.”



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