Traffic calming assessment for Forkhill Road in Newry

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Wednesday, April 11th, 2018

Newry, Mourne and Down Councillor Liz Kimmins has welcomed confirmation from the Department of Infrastructure (DfI) that they will carry out a Traffic Calming Assessment on the Forkhill Road in Cloughogue.

The Sinn Féin Councillor explained, “In January this year I wrote to the Dept for Infrastructure in light of recent collisions on the Forkhill Road in Cloughogue and requested urgent consideration for appropriate traffic calming measures.



“I welcome their response stating that they will carry out an initial assessment to determine what traffic calming measures can be put in place to reduce the risk of further collisions on this stretch of road.”

The local Councillor continued, “It is essential that Roads Service take appropriate action to address the concerns of residents, motorists and pedestrians about this stretch of road.

“It has a history of traffic collisions which have resulted in many casualties. PSNI statistics of recorded incidents have shown that there have been at least 18 collisions between 2013-17, and the figure is growing as there have been others since the start of 2018.



“This area is heavily populated with both motorists and pedestrians accessing the local GAA club, local businesses and amenities. It is vitally important that actions are taken to ensure that the local community can go about their daily business safely.

The Sinn Féin representative added, “The Department of Infrastructure (DfI) have stated that there Network Development Programme for this financial year is fully committed.

“However, it essential that the Forkhill Road concerns are addressed. I will endeavour to ensure that the safety and well being of the local community will be kept high on the agenda for all future Roads Service Programme proposals.”



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