New system at busy junction amid concerns over traffic flow

The traffic lights at Pennyburn.
The traffic lights at Pennyburn.

Traffic NI said they hope to have new infrastructure installed at one of the city’s busiest traffic junctions by early next week amid concerns over tailbacks.

A new detector system is currently being installed at the lights, the body has said.

The confirmation comes after Sinn Féin Councillor Tony Hassan called on Transport NI(Roads service) to reassess the Traffic Lights.

Colr. Hassan said: “I have been contacted by a number of constituents in regards to problems being caused by the traffic lights at the junction of the Buncrana Road with the Collon.

“Transport NI reassessed the traffic lights there a number of weeks ago to see if it could free the traffic up and ease any back log along the Buncrana Road.

“This is one of the most congested roads in the city, and is a very busy road for both motorists and pedestrians.

“Over the last number of years Sinn Féin have made repeated calls to DRD Road Service now Transport NI to upgrade the Buncrana Road into the four lanes of traffic, something promised almost seven years ago.”

Colr. Hasssan said there was a clear need for something to be done at this junction and along the Buncrana Road.

“We can’t put this on the long finger in the hope that future development may happen in this area,” he warned, adding:

“A lot has been talked about in terms of developments along this road but still they seem no nearer happening.

“I am calling on Transport NI to move on this issue as a matter of urgency.”

A spokesperson for the Department for Regional Development said: “Buncrana Road/Racecourse Road is a busy urban junction.

“Transport NI are currently installing a new detection system (MOVA) to maximise the junction efficiency. The installation is due to be complete by Tuesday 22 December 2015.”

Meanwhile, Transport NI, giving an update on the situation on the new traffic lights at Pennyburn Roundabout said: “The traffic lights on Pennyburn Roundabout will become operational when our contractor is able to apply the final anti-skid surface to the approach from Culmore Road, which was delayed due to the wet weather. For the month of December there is an embargo on all non-emergency road works on main arterial routes into the city. It is expected that the final work, weather permitting, will be completed in January.”