Call for footpath decision review after recent Newry accident

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Monday, June 8th, 2020

Newry and Armagh Sinn Féin MLA Liz Kimmins has said that Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon should review her decision not to put in place a footpath from the Fiveways roundabout to the junction at the top of the Camlough Road.

She was speaking after a recent serious accident where a woman and a child were injured.



The MLA confirmed that she has again written to the Minister about the issue.

She told Newry Times, “In February this year, I contacted the Minister asking her to consider putting in a footpath for pedestrians on this busy stretch of road.

“Her response was that she had no plans to ask her Department to do this.



“In light of this recent serious accident involving pedestrians, I have contacted the Department for Infrastructure (DfI) to review the decision.

“I await the Minister’s response.”

The Newry MLA added, “Recent announcements of a walking and cycling champion and promoting greener, cleaner initiatives are to be welcomed but they must be more than soundbites.



“It is essential that pedestrians, in particular, can partake in active travel safely.”


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