Primary school traffic safety measures welcomed by Derry MLA

SDLP MLA Mark H Durkan has welcomed plans for traffic safety measures at Holy Family Primary School in Derry.

Friday, 18th June 2021, 10:03 am

The move follows a request from Mr Durkan to tackle the issue of ‘careless parking’.

The Foyle MLA said: “I’m pleased DfI Roads have agreed to address traffic concerns at Holy Family Primary School raised by myself, the PSNI and school users. Recently, I was contacted about serious issues with inconsiderate and dangerous parking in and around the vicinity of the school, along the upper stretch of the Aileach Road. Problems were most profound at school drop off and pick up times.

“I appreciate this is an issue not unique to Holy Family but rather an all too common problem for most schools. However, a few near misses of late prompted the need for urgent intervention.

Foyle SDLP MLA Mark H Durkan.
Foyle SDLP MLA Mark H Durkan.

“The department have agreed to install a number of bollards starting at the pedestrian crossing point on the school side and ending parallel to the start of the lay-by on the opposite side of the road. These will be put in place over the summer holidays and hopefully the school will see a benefit in the new academic year.

“DfI Roads will also add to the yellow school keep clear zig-zag markings for the length of the bollards and will refresh current markings. Hopefully this will discourage motorist from stopping close to the crossing facility and enhance the safety of all school users.”

Mr Durkan urged everyone to be considerate when parking around schools.