30mph signs on Groarty Road increase safety

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Sinn Féin Councillor Eric McGinley says the installation of new 30 miles per hour road signs on the Groarty Road, in the wake of a campaign by concerned parents and politicians, will make the thoroughfare much safer.

“It is always very busy at the best of times; a lot of motorists use this road as a shortcut and it was clear the speed limit was far too high,” said the Foyleside Councillor.

Councillor McGinley said the local party lobbied the Sinn Féin Roads Minister Chris Hazzard before the schools broke up for the holidays.

The representations were made after concerned parents had warned that a child could be killed or seriously injured if traffic calming measures were not implemented.

“We spoke directly with the Minister, Chris Hazzard, just prior to the summer holidays and raised all those concerns with him.

“He announced at the start of September that there was to be a reduction of the speed limit on the road,” said Councillor McGinley.

Parents had complained that the Groarty Road was so narrow that barely two cars could pass, yet some motorists were speeding past at 60 miles per hour.

“I am pleased that the new 30mph signage has now been installed and would appeal to drivers to adhere to the new speed limit,” said Councillor McGinley.

The local Sinn Féin representative praised those who had campaigned in the cause of greater road safety.

“It’s important to commend everyone who has campaigned for safety measures on this road over the years.”