Signalised junction at Caw roundabout in Derry an option if traffic flow increases

A signalised roundabout like the one at the Culmore Road end of the Foyle Bridge could be a future option for Caw.
Caw Roundabout. (DER0614PG072)Caw Roundabout. (DER0614PG072)
Caw Roundabout. (DER0614PG072)

Discussions between the Department of Infrastructure and the developers of prospective new housing schemes in the area are continuing, according to the Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon.

DfI believes the Caw Roundabout can handle its present traffic volume of about 50,000 vehicles per day.

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However, with housing density in the locality set to increase this could soon change. Ms. Mallon said traffic signals to control the flow of traffic at peak times and new slip lanes could be considered in future.

DUP MLA Gary Middleton, who has highlighted the number of ‘fender bender’ type low level accidents at the roundabout in the past, asked the minister what plans her Department had to “address the ongoing traffic concerns at Caw Roundabout.”

“Caw Roundabout is a major junction, which carries around 50,000 vehicles each day. Around 5,000 of those vehicles use the roundabout during the peak hour. At present, the roundabout is considered to have sufficient capacity to accommodate the volume of traffic using it,” said the minister.

This will change, however, and DfI is preparing for larger traffic flows.

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“My officials are aware of significant proposed private developments planned for this area that will, if they proceed, increase traffic volumes. My officials are in discussions with developers to consider mitigation measures to facilitate the introduction of traffic signals at the roundabout and left turn slip lanes, similar to those previously provided at the Culmore junction on the city side of the Foyle Bridge.

“I am committed to working to find solutions that deliver better results for our communities and improves lives across Northern Ireland. However, due to uncertainty about the timing of the private developments and ongoing budgetary constraints in my Department, it is not possible at present, to indicate if, or when, these improvements might be undertaken.”