Safety measures for popular tourist route

Councillor Gerry Mullan with home owners Eithne and Dominic Ness in their home after a recent accident where a car crashed into their garden. INLV1915-019KDR
Councillor Gerry Mullan with home owners Eithne and Dominic Ness in their home after a recent accident where a car crashed into their garden. INLV1915-019KDR
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A bend on the Seacoast Road, Magilligan, where it is claimed 27 vehicles have gone through a garden fence in one year, is to get additional traffic management measures in order to warn drivers coming from both directions.

East Derry SDLP Assembly Member John Dallat said he was told the news after asking for a safety barrier to be installed at the sharp corner.

The improvements include high visibility bend warning signs and chevrons together with an upgrade of the carriageway liens and markings.

Mr Dallat said: “While I am disappointed that this bend does not meet the criteria for safety barriers I do hope that the additional signage and road markings will do as claimed and persuade drivers to reduce their speed and approach the bend with caution.

“The Seacoast Road is particularly dangerous given the high volume of traffic using it especially during the holiday periods. The area is also heavily populated with fast stretches of the road still without footpaths.”

Magilligan couple Eithne and Dominic Ness live next to the sharp bend on the Seacoast Road.

While the couple welcome any road safety moves, Eithne told the ‘Journal’ of their disappointment when they were told their request for a life saving crash barrier had been denied.

“We are very disappointed. We’re just waiting to see when the next accident happens. It’s a matter of time before someone is badly hurt, or killed. When you have to cut the grass, or paint the fence, you have to do it early in the morning and you learn to do it quickly,” Eithne told the Journal.

Colr. Gerry Mullan, who has lobbied on behalf of the couple, said: “I believe unless a crash barrier is installed, someone will be badly injured, or worse. This decision just doesn’t make sense to me.”