SDLP Foyle MLA, Mark H Durkan, has recently written to the newly appointed Department for Regional Development (DRD) Minister Michelle McIlveen to ask her department to look closely at the issues faced by users of the Caw Roundabout in Derry.
“I have written to the DRD on a number of occasions about the number of problems that this busy, fast-paced roundabout poses for its users. I recently obtained updated statistics from the PSNI which detail that in a three year period from 2012-2015 there were 48 collisions and 72 casualties at this roundabout,” said Mr. Durkan.
“This shows an increase from the three years previous and clearly indicate that the problem must be addressed without further delay. These figures only represent those accidents which were reported to PSNI and it is more than likely they are modest. However, I believe that it is unacceptable to have 72 casualties in three years at the same location without action taken to explore the problem and determine what steps can be taken to stop such accidents occurring.”
Mr. Durkan said residents and road users in the Foyle constituency had already suggested to him that traffic lights, such as the system at the Culmore roundabout servicing the same traffic at the other end of the bridge, would go a long way to help resolve this problem.
“It is absolutely necessary that the DRD takes action to drive down the number of casualties that are occurring at this roundabout.
“The current lack of traffic calming measures at this roundabout has resulted in very serious delays for residents of Waterfoot Park who have continually raised concerns over the safety of the road,” he said.
Derry City and Strabane District Council, Councillor Martin Reilly added: “over 800 people have signed the online petition calling on the DRD to make these improvements.
“People are frustrated at the conditions at the moment and with major housing developments in the pipeline and a new school being constructed, the traffic coming to this area is only going to increase.
“Transport NI should be listening to these concerns and I hope that the minister will visit the site to see the situation for herself,” said Colr. Reilly.