Survey to examine traffic chaos at Bishop Street schools

Environment Minister Mark H Durkan
Environment Minister Mark H Durkan

Transport NI are to conduct a traffic speed and pedestrian survey in an area of Bishop Street which has been plagued with heavy volumes of traffic at pea periods.

The area outside Nazareth House P.S. and Lumen Christi College are to be the main part of the survey.

The move has been welcomed by Minister for the Environment Mark H Durkan.

“I very much welcome the actions taken by Transport NI with a view to addressing safety concerns along this stretch of road especially during peak school times,” he said.

“The issue was brought to my attention by a member of the public who was frustrated that drivers were taking dangerous risks when trying to navigate through the narrow section of road which is exacerbated by those parking illegally to drop children off.

“I am sure that the parking issue is a matter both schools in the area have addressed with parents frequently due to the serious congestion this causes. However following a recent site meeting with Transport NI by Cllr Shauna Cusack, it was noted that more needs to be done to address the issue and particularly the lack of signage and a formal crossing.

“I am pleased that a pedestrian and speed survey will soon be undertaken with a view to a more permanent crossing. Meanwhile I would encourage all using this road to be considerate when parking and drive with caution and care.”