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Caw Roundabout safety could be reexamined - DRD

Caw Roundabout. (DER0614PG072)

Caw Roundabout. (DER0614PG072)

 

Traffic lights could be installed at Derry’s Caw Roundabout if further developments in the area get the go ahead.

Last week the ‘Journal’ reported that residents of Waterfoot Park face a daily traffic nightmare because the only way both in and out of the area is via the three lanes of the roundabout.

Residents said the problems could be solved with the installation of traffic lights similar to those at the Culmore roundabout on the other side of the Foyle Bridge.

The North’s Environment minister Mark H Durkan backed calls for traffic lights to be installed at the roundabout - where there have been more than 50 casualties over the last three years - and said he would lobby his Executive colleague Danny Kennedy, Stormont’s Roads Minister, on residents behalf.

Mr Durkan said it would be “inexcusable to take no action to address these road safety concerns.”

“Residents and road users approaching the roundabout find themselves locked in long queues due to the lack of traffic calming measures on the roundabout.

“Many road users have expressed they feel unsafe pulling onto the roundabout due to the lack of any break in traffic for them to comfortably approach the road,” he said.

Now a spokeswoman for Mr Kennedy’s Department of Regional Development (DRD) has said installing traffic lights at Caw has been looked at before.

The spokeswoman said the issue could be revisited if the area is further developed.

“Caw Roundabout was investigated a number of years ago with a view to installing traffic signals,” the DRD spokeswoman said.

“We anticipate that further development is planned in the area and Roads Service will re-investigate this issue in conjunction with any future planning applications.”

PSNI figures reveal there were 41 collisions and 52 casualties in and around the roundabout between April 2010 and March 2013.

Derry’s Mayor has also lobbied DRD on residents behalf. Martin Reilly wrote to the Roads Service backing calls for traffic calming measures in January. In response, Roads Service said “there are no firm proposals” to implement any changes at Caw presently but “with further development planned in the area Roads Service now proposes to investigate further possible options for improving capacity and safety at this junction.” The Mayor said he welcomed that response.

The area has long been mooted for further development.

In July 2012, Derry City Councillors were briefed on a proposed £10 million hotel and retail development in the grounds of the Gransha estate.

They were told the proposed development, still awaiting planning permission, would be built in the grounds of the Gransha estate, close to the Caw Roundabout, and would include a major foodstore and a 100 bed hotel.

Last week the ‘Journal’ reported that residents of Waterfoot Park face a daily traffic nightmare because the only way both in and out of the area is via the three lanes of the roundabout.

Residents said the problems could be solved with the installation of traffic lights similar to those at the Culmore roundabout on the other side of the Foyle Bridge.

The North’s Environment minister Mark H Durkan backed calls for traffic lights to be installed at the roundabout - where there have been more than 50 casualties over the last three years - and said he would lobby his Executive colleague Danny Kennedy, Stormont’s Roads Minister, on residents behalf.

Mr Durkan said it would be “inexcusable to take no action to address these road safety concerns.”

“Residents and road users approaching the roundabout find themselves locked in long queues due to the lack of traffic calming measures on the roundabout.

“Many road users have expressed they feel unsafe pulling onto the roundabout due to the lack of any break in traffic for them to comfortably approach the road,” he said.

Now a spokeswoman for Mr Kennedy’s Department of Regional Development (DRD) has said installing traffic lights at Caw has been looked at before.

The spokeswoman said the issue could be revisited if the area is further developed.

“Caw Roundabout was investigated a number of years ago with a view to installing traffic signals,” the DRD spokeswoman said.

“We anticipate that further development is planned in the area and Roads Service will re-investigate this issue in conjunction with any future planning applications.”

PSNI figures reveal there were 41 collisions and 52 casualties in and around the roundabout between April 2010 and March 2013.

The area has long been mooted for further development.

In July 2012, Derry City Councillors were briefed on a proposed £10 million hotel and retail development in the grounds of the Gransha estate.

They were told the proposed development, still awaiting planning permission, would be built in the grounds of the Gransha estate, close to the Caw Roundabout, and would include a major foodstore and a 100 bed hotel.

 

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