Doubts over roundabout scheme for Limavady road junction

Colr. Alan Robinson.
Colr. Alan Robinson.

A Limavady councillor has expressed concern a roundabout scheme being developed for a busy road junction in Limavady may never be completed.

DUP Colr. Alan Robinson welcomed news from Transport NI revealing they are developing a scheme to provide a roundabout at the Greystone/Broad Road junction. He said, according to PSNI figures, as of 2013 there had been 13 traffic accidents at the location “which appears unusually high for any junction in Limavady town”.

“I have been lobbying for improvements to the Greystone/Broad Road junction for three years where I had encouraged Transport NI to carry out a traffic survey following a series of accidents. I have always believed that due to the numbers of cars that are caught up in lengthy queues that build up as they wait to access on to the main Broad Road that this was causing frustration amongst road users who may subsequently be taking a chance,” said Colr. Robinson.

“Roads Service, now Transport NI had agreed with my view and had devised a scheme to widen the left hand lane of Greystone Road on the approach to the junction which would allow quicker access for those wishing to turn left therefore reducing the overall waiting times for those wishing to turn right. However, that minor scheme was delayed annually due to the lack of finance and many other competing schemes in the region.

“While I welcome the information received this week in a letter to me that such a scheme is being designed and costed I fear, however, that with Transport NI having had no money to carry out the original minor scheme that this more substantial scheme costing much more is now even further away from delivery as we edge closer to serious injury at that junction.”

Colr. Robinson added: “I maintain that it is a good junction outside of peak times with good views either way but it services the most densely populated area of Limavady resulting in long queues at peak times and frustration for drivers thus the need for some form of remedial works. I intend to keep pursuing the matter on behalf of the community.”