Report on Derry’s slippery streets due soon

The wet streets along one of the busiest pedestrian areas in the city.
The wet streets along one of the busiest pedestrian areas in the city.

Roads Service has carried out tests on some of Derry’s busiest pavements in the wake of increased concerns that the slippery nature of the pavement surface could lead to more falls - especially in poorer weather conditions.

SDLP MLA Pat Ramsey contacted Road Service once again this week after increased concerns were raised by members of the public about the slippery surface at New Market Street, Linenhall Street and Orchard Street - one of the busiest shopping thoroughfares in the city.

His concerns were echoed last week by Sinn Fein Councillor Colly Kelly who said he too had a received a number of complaints about the slippery surface of the footpaths in the area.

“There seems to be a specific problem with the surface and gradient of the footpaths with even the slightest bit of rain, leaves or ice bring dangers.

“It’s not unusual to see shoppers having to hold on to someone to navigate the footpaths in and around St. Columb’s Hall, across the street in around Foyleside and up at the top, if walking through Ferryquay Gate.”

Earlier this year Mr Ramsey had championed the case of Derry pensioner Sadie Townsend who suffered a fall while walking past Badger’s Bar. Mrs Townsend has been compiling information on falls in the area.

Speaking this week, Mr Ramsey welcomed the tests carried out by Roads Service, and added: “Road Service have confirmed they are awaiting test results on the friction levels of the pavement surface in that locale. These are expected in early December.”