Bishop Street proposals welcomed

Sinn F�in councillor Patricia Logue. (0312MM01)
Sinn F�in councillor Patricia Logue. (0312MM01)

News that DRD Road Service has agreed to address traffic problems in the lower Bishop Street area have been welcomed by local councillor Patricia Logue.

Colr. Logue said that officials from DRD Road Service contacted her to say that preliminary design work to deal with the traffic problem will be carried out shortly.

Local residents and other road users have raised concerns about the traffic situation, which is particularly acute during the morning rush hour as children are arriving and the three schools in the area.

The Sinn Féin colr. said: “Towards the end of November, Catherine Pollock from TRIAX, Rosemary McDaid, Vice Principal of Lumen Christi College and I meet with officials from DRD Road Service to discuss ongoing traffic congestion on the lower part of Bishop Street.

“This problem has been ongoing for many years and it is clear that something has to be done to rectify the situation. Back in 2007, Councillor Maeve McLaughlin, local residents, representatives of the Bogside and Brandywell Initiative, and I presented to DRD Road Service a petition with over 600 signatures and raised a number of issues relating to traffic management in the greater Bishop Street area with them.”

Colr. Logue said that the majority of local residents want to see a complete review of traffic management in the area. She also thanked Road Service for responding to the needs of the residents.

“I therefore welcome the news that DRD Road service has agreed to carry out preliminary design work to try and address traffic problems that have blighted lower Bishop Street for many years and that residents will be asked for input around the formation of those plans,” she said.