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Sinn F�in councillor Mickey Cooper pictured at th e roadworks on the Letterkenny Road. (2102MM01)

Sinn F�in councillor Mickey Cooper pictured at th e roadworks on the Letterkenny Road. (2102MM01)

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The construction of a new footpath along one of the busiest approach roads into the city has been welcomed by Sinn Féin councillor Mickey Cooper.

Colr. Cooper visited the Letterkenny Road to see the construction at first hand at the weekend.

He said that people living in the border village of Killea and walkers from Derry who regularly use the road had been calling for a new footpath for a number of years.

“The Letterkenny Road is one of the busiest arterial routes into our city centre. There is a lot of heavy traffic on the sections between Killea Village and Derry,” he said.

The Northland colr. said the move is the latest development on the road in recent months and follows the installation of road safety measures in Killea which were carried out on a cross-border basis.

“I have been lobbying DRD Road Service for some time now for road safety measures along this stretch of road. We have seen a number of those initiatives happen out around the village of Killea over the past few months. The new footpath will go from the roundabout at the junction of Foyle Road and Lonemoor Road out as far Braehead Road. This is a very busy section of road and is popular with walkers so it has to be welcomed,” he explained.

Colr. Cooper also said he will continue to lobby for more road improvements in the area. “This is just one initiative of many which I will be pursuing to ensure that the area, which is one of the busiest in terms of road traffic in the border area, is safe for residents, pedestrians and motorists travelling through the area,” he said.