Concern over Glenowen traffic

Sinn F�in councillors Barney O'Hagan, left, and Colly Kelly, right, at the Glenowen junction. (2603MM10)
Sinn F�in councillors Barney O'Hagan, left, and Colly Kelly, right, at the Glenowen junction. (2603MM10)

An urgent review of traffic management at the junction of Glenowen and the Creggan Road is needed, a local councillor has said.

Sinn Féin councillor Colly Kelly said he was contacted by local residents who are concerned about the speed of some traffic in the area.

Colr. Kelly said: “There are two elements to the traffic problems faced by residents, pedestrians, and road users in the greater Glenowen area. Residents have contacted me concerned about the speed of the traffic travelling through the estate and the need for some form of traffic calming.

“The second concern was the danger particularly for local young children crossing the Bywash and Creggan Road to go to school or catch the school bus. Anyone who uses this road on a daily basis knows the high volumes of traffic that use it particularly during rush hour and the dangers that this presents. It’s also very hard for motorists to exit out onto Creggan Road from Glenowen,” he said.

Colr. Kelly and colr. Barney O’Hagan met with DRD officials at the site to discuss the residents’ concerns.

One local resident who contacted the Journal said; “Something needs to be done here. It has been going on for years. The junction from Glenowen out onto Creggan Road is an absolute nightmare. People are also using the road up past Glenowen as a way to avoid the traffic backlog on Creggan Road and that is bringing its own problems,” he said.