Serious accidentinvolving pupil sparks action

The decision by the roads authorities to implement safety measures following a serious accident involving a school student in Derry's northern suburbs has been praised by local Sinn Féin Councillor, Caoimhe McKnight.

Friday, 19th October 2018, 9:30 pm

Colr. McKnight said she held productive talks with both Road Service and Translink who, she said, have now agreed to take a number of steps to improve safety at Ballyarnett Village.

She said: “Following a recent serious accident involving a school student I initiated discussions with both Road Service and Translink to investigate remedial measures to ensure the safety of students. I am glad to report that these discussions were both constructive and fruitful.

“Roads Service have agreed to construct a lay-by where buses can turn more safely. Translink have also proposed a change to the route to allow for safe drop-off and pick-up at the lay-by.”

The Ballyarnett councillor said she understood talks over the acquisition of land were underway.

“Discussions to purchase the land necessary for the lay-by are ongoing with the landowner and I am hopeful that these will come to a successful conclusion in the coming weeks. If successful the lay-by should be completed in this financial year.

“I commend Road Service and Translink for the helpful positive approach they took to this issue when I approached them. I look forward to their continued cooperation in delivering this project quickly.”