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First measures to improve Glebe accident blackspot completed

Thursday, 18 May 2017

NEW signage has been installed at a notorious accident blackspot in the Glebe area in a bid to make it safer for motorists.

The warning and stop signage on the approach roads to the Prospect Bar crossroads are among the traffic-calming measures being implemented by Transport NI following safety concerns.

For several years now the Bellspark Road and its junction with the Prospect Road/Orchard Road has been the focus of repeated calls for action. In recent months there has been a spate of accidents and near misses on the dangerous stretch.

The area is a busy route with motorists and hauliers alike crossing the border in the hope of cutting their journey time bypassing Lifford, Strabane and Sion Mills daily in large numbers.

The high volume of traffic coupled with poor sightlines and speed approaching the junction makes it as dangerous for drivers as it does pedestrians.

Local councillor, Maolíosa McHugh, has been to the fore in pressing for action. He has welcomed the instalment of the signs.

Speaking this week, he said he hoped the signs along with other planned remedial measures it will vastly improve safety at the junction.

"Along with Michaela Boyle MLA, I have been campaigning for improved safety measures at this notorious accident blackspot over a number of years. The dangers of which were brought into sharp focus recently given a number of very serious accidents at the junction within the space of short few weeks," he said.

"Following our last site meeting with Transport NI at the junction in March, we secured a commitment that a number of measures would be taken in an effort to improve safety.

"These included the installation of signage warning motorists of the upcoming junction from all four approach roads as well as stop signage on both of the Orchard Road approaches. We welcome that this signage work has now been completed."

Cllr McHugh said road officials had also given a commitment to acquiring a piece of wasteland at the rear of the Prospect Bar, at the junction of the Prospect Road and Bellspark Road, to improve the site-lines for motorists coming from the Clady direction as well as motorists trying to exit from the Prospect Road.

"I understand that this work is also scheduled to happen soon and that serious consideration is also being given to employing anti-skid surface on approaches to the junction which would have the dual purpose of reducing skidding but also alerting drivers to the hazard of this junction," he added.

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