Pennyburn lights stalled over funding

Work has stalled at the new traffic lights at the Pennyburn Roundabout. DER1215MC001

Work has stalled at the new traffic lights at the Pennyburn Roundabout. DER1215MC001

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Transport NI officials have said they are now waiting to see if more money is made available before works to install traffic lights at Pennyburn roundabout can be resumed.

A spokesperson for TransportNI confirmed to the ‘Journal’ that it hoped to be back on site later this summer, but added that this was subject to funding.

A number of poles to facilitate traffic lights were put in place at Pennyburn earlier this year, but then work seemed to grind to a sudden halt some time ago.

Following on from the installation of traffic lights at the nearby Culmore Roundabout, it was confirmed in March this year that the new lights at at Pennyburn - one of the busiest junctions in Derry would operate on a part-time basis.

At that time the part-time signals beside Fort George were due to come into operation by April or May.

Both the Buncrana Road approach and the Culmore Road approach to the roundabout were expected to be controlled with the new traffic signals during the busy morning peak flows.

A spokeswoman for Transport NI however has now confirmed to the Journal that “TransportNI hopes to restart works at Pennyburn Roundabout in August 2015, subject to securing additional funding.

“The proposed scheme to introduce part-time signals requires additional funds for an additional provision of full time pedestrian crossing signals on the Buncrana Road and the Culmore Road.

“The two permanent signalised pedestrian crossing points will greatly enhance the needs for pedestrians at this busy roundabout.

“Transport NI apologise for the delay in delivering this scheme.”