New figures reveal Derry’s busiest roads

STRAND ROAD . . . . Busiest road in Derry? 2510JM21
STRAND ROAD . . . . Busiest road in Derry? 2510JM21

It may come as no surprise to Derry drivers but official figures say the Strand Road is the city’s busiest thoroughfare.

Statistics released by Transport minister Danny Kennedy in the Assembly last week, reveal that almost 35,000 vehicles travel on ‘the Strand’ on a daily basis - marking it as the busiest street in Derry in terms of measured traffic volume.

Next in the list is the Limavady Road in the Waterside, the Culmore Road, the upper deck of the Craigavon Bridge and the Foyle Embankment.

The Derry streets are among 300 routes across the north where traffic volume is measured automatically by Roads Service.

That data is converted to a Annual Average Daily Traffic (AADT) figure and used to determine the priority for funding and maintenance of the north’s road infrastructure.

The most recently released AADT figures show a total of 34,874 vehicles use the Strand Road each day, while on the Limavady Road at the Gransha junction the AADT stands at 27,530.

Traffic is also measured on the Limavady Road at Caw Brae, where this year’s AADT stands at 12,587.

On the Culmore Road at St Peter’s Church the AADT stands at 25,044, while 24,154 traverse the upper deck of the Craigavon Bridge daily.

A total of 23,748 vehicles travel on the Foyle Embankment daily.