Review of speed limit and junction ordered

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

Roads chiefs have confirmed that they have now authorised a review of traffic speed from Drumahoe up to Altnagelvin Hospital amid safety concerns.

The road lay out at the junction between Glenshane Road and Daly’s Brae will also be looked at as part of the review.

The move comes after representations by residents in the area amid concerns over the dangers they face while driving in the area.

A spokesman for the Department for Regional Development and TransportNI (formerly Roads Service) said last night they had listened to the concerns of residents “about road safety issues in the vicinity of the Daly’s Brae junction onto the Glenshane Road”.

He said: “TransportNI is currently considering all of the points raised and will be reviewing the design of the junction, assessing traffic manoeuvres on the approach to the junction and the appropriateness of the speed limits for traffic travelling from Drumahoe towards the City.

“It is expected that the outcome of the review will be made known in the coming months.”

Local resident Peter McCafferty earlier this week told the Journal that the traffic situation at the Daly’s Brae junction and the wider area needed to be addressed as a matter of urgency.

Mr McCafferty said that like many residents in the area he has had numerous narrow misses while trying to exit the Daly’s Brae junction.

He said some motorists were flying along on the main road at up to 70 miles per hour in a 30 mile zone.

Advocating a traffic light controlled roundabout at the junction, Mr McCafferty said that the greatest hazard for the residents is as a result not only of speeding on the approach to Altnagelvin but also “perhaps unintentionally drivers choosing to change lanes at the last minute without even using indicators”.

“The result is we have already anticipated the gap, we have made the move, attempted to cross and that’s what causes rear impact, side impact,” he said.

Mr McCafferty said that one recent collision at Daly’s Brae involved a local clergyman trying to exit Daly’s Brae.

He said that other very serious accidents in the Drumahoe area also emphasised the importance of tackling the range of different speed limits drivers are met with on approach to the city.

“Ideally we would like to have it from The Belfray right down at 40,” he said, adding:

This is a major city and there should be more slowing down as you approach the city limits whereas they are allowing them to speed into the city and motorists are confused by the cocktail combination of different speed zones.”

Mr McCafferty said motorists should also realise the dangers of speeding along this stretch of road.

“How can you face the possibility you could be standing in A&E looking at the parents of a child injured in the carnage you have caused by your negligence as a driver?”