Action planned on accident blackspot

Thursday, 30 August 2018

ROAD officials have confirmed plans for additional safety measures at a notorious accident blackspot on a section of road between Clady and Glebe.
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 following 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 by-passing 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.
A range of remedial measures in an effort to improve safety at the location have previously been undertaken including improvements to sightlines, the laying of anti-skid surfacing and additional warning signage however a local councillor says these have not been enough to prevent collisions.
Recently after witnessing another crash, councillor Maolíosa McHugh warned that if nothing is done lives will ultimately be lost.
He has been continually pressing road officials on the need to have it realigned before there is a major tragedy on it.
He and his Sinn Féin colleagues, Órfhlaith Begley MP and Michaela Boyle MP, met with representatives from the Department for Infrastructure (DfI) last week to urge a more comprehensive solution to address the issue.
He revealed that DfI has given a firm commitment to seeking both a short-term and long-term solution to road safety issues in the area.

Speaking after the meeting, Cllr McHugh, explained: "The meeting was very productive and there is now an acceptance by officials that, despite the welcome improvements that have been made to the junction to date as a result of our previous lobbying including improved sightlines, installation of warning signage and anti-skid surfacing on approaches to the junction, the junction still remains extremely dangerous.


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