MLA calls for Northland lights

Foyle MLA Maeve McLaughlin, centre, with councillor Eric McGinley, on right, and local resident Hugh Kennedy. (0910MM10 )
Foyle MLA Maeve McLaughlin, centre, with councillor Eric McGinley, on right, and local resident Hugh Kennedy. (0910MM10 )

Foyle Sinn Féin MLA Maeve McLaughlin has said new traffic management measures at the junction of the Springtown and Northland Roads should be given the green light.

Ms McLaughlin made the call after local residents reported a number of collisions at the busy junction in recent weeks.

The Foyle MLA said local residents have been raising concerns about the junction for a number of years and have repeatedly called for traffic lights to be installed to make it easier for motorists to get onto the Northland Road from the Springtown Road.

“The difficulties experienced by drivers attempting to leave the Springtown Road have been long standing and do not show any signs of diminishing given the increasing volume of traffic using the Northland Road arterial route,” she said.

It had previously been claimed that the introduction of traffic lights was dependant on a proposed development on the Northland Road, close to the junction.

However, Ms McLaughlin said the installation of traffic lights should be a priority in terms of road safety and should not be linked to any propsed developments.

She said the majority of local residents want to see some form of traffic management in the area.

“Sinn Féin held a public meeting on this issue back in May and also collected a petition from residents in Foyle Springs calling for the installation of a traffic control system there.

“We understand the constraints departments are under to get the required funds to carry out work on this scale, but I believe that it has long since passed the time a resolution was reached to resolve the issues motorists and pedestrians face at this junction.

“It’s a key road junction in the city, so it should be a key priority for DRD Road Service,” she said.