Near misses at Bishop Street with new road layout

SDLP's Pat Ramsey.  (1005JB04)
SDLP's Pat Ramsey. (1005JB04)
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Drivers in Derry have hit out after the road markings at the top of the Bishop Street flyover were changed without prior warning.

The ‘Journal has been contacted by roadusers complaining they’ve almost collided with other vehicles after the road markings were changed.

Previously the left lane was for turning up Bishop Street and going down Abercorn Road and the right lane was for turning down Bishop Street. However this has now been changed with a white arrow marking a lane to go left up Bishop Street with the other lane to be shared by drivers wishing to turn right into Bishop Street or drive down Abercorn Road.

The road layout was changed at the weekend with no signage erected warning of the change except the white arrows on the road.

SDLP MLA Pat Ramsey said he’d received a large number of complaints and reports of near accidents as a result of new road markings.

“I have been in contact with DRD Roads Service who have agreed to deploy personnel to review both the signage and road markings,” he said.

A DRD spokesperson said; “Roads Service commenced work to resurface the Abercorn Road/Bishop Street/Barrack Street junction on Wednesday 12 February. The work was due to be completed on Friday 14 February. Unfortunately due to the adverse weather conditions this was not possible and it was necessary to reline the junction with temporary road markings until the work can be completed. The work is now scheduled to be completed this Thursday.

“In the interim, Roads Service has asked its contractor to improve the advance signage so that drivers are aware that the road markings have changed.”