New speed cameras at Derry hotspot welcomed

The PSNI conduct traffic calming measures at Glenshane Road. INLS1515-189KM
The PSNI conduct traffic calming measures at Glenshane Road. INLS1515-189KM

A local man who has been at the forefront of a campaign for road safety measures in the Waterside has welcomed the introduction of speed cameras on Glenshane Road.

Peter McCafferty welcomed the speed camera patrols from Altnagelvin Hospital down towards Drumahoe as an “important first step” in addressing flouting of speed limits and dangerous overtaking on this stretch of road.

SEE WHAT I MEAN?. . . . Daly's Brae resident Peter McCafferty proves a point in Monday morning as he struggles to get out onto the main road at Daly's Brae. DER0915MC002

SEE WHAT I MEAN?. . . . Daly's Brae resident Peter McCafferty proves a point in Monday morning as he struggles to get out onto the main road at Daly's Brae. DER0915MC002

He said the campaign to have the varying speed limits reduced to a single 40 mph limit up to the 30mph stretch would continue.

“The speed cameras also need to be there from 7.30am to 9.30am and again from 4pm and 7pm, the peak times when the problems are at their worst” he said, adding:

“It’s a welcome development but ultimately what we want to see is a permanent camera.”

The PSNI in Derry said Daly’s Brae and Glenshane Road has been designated a ‘Community Concern Site’. Inspector Declan McGrath said: “The stretch of road up to Altnagelvin Roundabout is a busy one. It carries a high volume of traffic and, despite it being within a restricted speed zone, there have been numerous complaints from the residents of Daly’s Brae regarding the high speed of vehicles.

“The designation means we can deploy mobile speed cameras in the area and this will be part of a proactive approach by police. As well as camera vans, neighbourhood and response police, and our colleagues from the Road Policing Unit will be paying particular attention to this stretch of road.”

Roads chiefs confirmed to the Journal last month that they have now authorised a review of traffic speed from Drumahoe up to the hospital.