‘No common cause’ for accidents

Paul Fleming.
Paul Fleming.

The Department for Regional Development has said that “no common cause” has been identified after a number of road accidents ona stretch of the Clooney carriageway.

A spokesperson for the department was responding after fresh concerns were raised by Sinn Fein Derry Councillor Paul Fleming.

Colr. Fleming has called for an immediate review of the safety along the section of road from the Caw Roundabout to the Maydown Roundabout. His call comes after a number of accidents along this stretch of road over the past few weeks.

Councillor Fleming said concerns have been raised over the safety of motorists and pedestrians:

“I am aware from the information I have received there have been at least six accidents along this stretch in the last few weeks.That’s a lot for such a small section of road. I requested that DRD Road Service/ Transport NI look at the situation, I have also raised my concerns with the PSNI.”

A DRD spokeswoman said: “This stretch of road is used by 13,000 vehicles daily. TransportNI are aware of a number of accidents that have taken place here but there is no obvious common cause. There is a 50 mph speed limit on this stretch. Transport NI erected a sign that flashes up when vehicles exceed 50mph as speeding has contributed to accidents in the past. We will revisit the matter again once we receive the Police accident report.”