Roads Service urged to stick to Glen Road review pledge

Sinn Fein Councillor Maeve McLaughlin pictured at the Glen Road traffic calming chevrons yesterday afternoon. 2106JM22
Sinn Fein Councillor Maeve McLaughlin pictured at the Glen Road traffic calming chevrons yesterday afternoon. 2106JM22
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Roads Service have been urged to stick to an agreement to review recently installed road safety measures on Derry’s Glen Road.

In July, the ‘Journal’ reported that Roads Service had agreed to review the decision to build controversial traffic islands on the road amid complaints from local residents.

Among their concerns were the need to drive on the wrong side of the street if cars were parked close to the traffic islands. A survey of residents carried out at the time showed around 85% of respondents wanted an alternative system put in place .

Now Sinn Fein councillor Maeve McLaughlin says she has been contacted by a number of residents whom she says are growing increasingly concerned that “there has been little or no progress in this regard to help resolve the issues they raised.”

“I met with Department of Regional Development (DRD) Road Service officials in Derry back in July following receiving a high number of complaints from local residents calling for the removal of newly installed traffic islands along a section of the Glen Road,” councillor McLaughlin says.

“I told officials that residents are supportive of traffic safety measures along the road but felt that the traffic islands which have been installed simply aren’t working.”

She says officials promised to “monitor the situation on the Glen Road over the coming few months and carry out a review and take residents’ concerns on board.”

But she says little progress has been made in this regard.

“I am now calling on DRD to move on this issue now to try and to find a resolution to the satisfaction of local residents. And also provide essential road safety measures along the Glen Road.”

A DRD spokesman says Roads Service continue to monitor the situation.

“’Roads Service has discussed the Traffic Calming Scheme on Glen Road with elected representatives and has agreed to monitor the performance of the scheme which is ongoing.”