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Traffic calming measures to be assessed at Camus and Douglas Bridge

Thursday, 27 April 2017

TRANSPORT NI has confirmed it intends to carry-out assessments in two local villages in response to calls from residents and politicians about the need for traffic calming measures.

Residents in Camus and Douglas Bridge have voiced their fears for the safety of locals, particularly children, given the volume and speed of motorists travelling through the areas.

The issue in Camus has been the subject of a long-term lobby but the imposition of speed cushions has been ruled out in the past by Roads Service (now Transport NI).

West Tyrone Sinn Féin MLA., Declan McAleer, has been lobbying on the matter.

He has now written to Transport NI urging them to consider implementing traffic calming measures in the villages.

Speaking this week, he said: "I have visited many homes in these villages and a recurring theme among residents is the speed and volume of traffic going through these villages and their fears for someone getting hurt or killed.

"In the case of Camus, I was told that this was raised by the community with the former Roads Service in the past but unfortunately was rejected.

"They say that volume and speed has increased over the years and there are more older people now living in the village who find it dangerous to cross the main street to visit their neighbours.  

"The same message was relayed to me in the nearby village of Douglas Bridge. Many parents expressed concern for their children particularly in the mornings and afternoons as they congregate to go to school."

He added: "On foot of these concerns, I have written to Transport NI asking them to carry out an assessment of both villages for traffic calming measures.  It is important that local voices and concerns are listened to in such matters and I hope that Transport NI will initiate this process as soon as possible."

Responding to the concerns, a spokesperson for Transport NI confirmed that an assessments are planned.

"The Department for Infrastructure has received a written query regarding speed and traffic volumes in Camus Park and Douglas Bridge.

"Officials are currently assessing the relative priority of traffic calming schemes at these locations and hope to have the assessments completed before the end of May," she said.

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