Wire rope barriers to be used on the Derry stretch of the A6

Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon has said wire rope barriers will be used on the Derry to Dungiven stretch of the A6. The system has already been installed on the southern stretch of the road.

Monday, 7th September 2020, 10:00 am

“To date wire rope safety barriers have been installed on the Randalstown to Castledawson section of the A6 project and it is the intention of the contractor to use wire rope safety barrier on the Dungiven to Drumahoe section. For the A5 project, it is too early for a decision to be made on the type of safety barriers to be installed,” said Ms. Mallon.

She was asked about the barriers by UUP MLA Roy Beggs who wanted an assessment of how safe they are for cars and motorbikes.

“Research and testing carried out to date has concluded that wire rope systems perform well when impacted by errant vehicles and are no more hazardous to vulnerable road users than other types of deformable steel posted safety barriers, more commonly used across the road network,” she said.