Pedestrians ‘forced to walk on busy road’ at Southway

Sinn Fein Councillor Colly Kelly.

Sinn Fein Councillor Colly Kelly.

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Pedestrians are being forced to walk onto a busy main road in Derry due to the state of the footpath along Southway, Sinn Fein Councillor Colly Kelly has warned.

Colr. Kelly was speaking after receiving complaints from local people about the state of the steep pathway running from Creggan down to the Brandywell.

Safety fears have been expressed by local people, particularly with regards to those walking with babies and small children.

He said: “I have been contacted by residents concerned about the state of the pathway going down Southway leading to the Lone Moor Road with overgrown weeds and nettles.

“This is causing people, and more particularly pram users, having to manoeuvre out onto the main road to get past.

“Anyone who uses this area on a daily basis will tell you it’s always very busy with traffic.”

Colr. Kelly said he has made traffic with officials and has asked them to “look at this as a matter of urgency.”

A spokesperson for the Department of Infrastructure told the Journal that an inspection has been carried out along the road.

She said: “The land in question is in the ownership of the Woodland Trust.

“TransportNI has however inspected the site and identified a problem with weeds encroaching from adjacent lands obstructing the footway.”

“TransportNI has been in contact with the Woodland Trust to resolve the problem.”