Lighting the way for road safety

MLA Maeve McLaughlin ,Councillor Eric McGinley and local resident Hugh Kennedy at the Northland Road / Springtown Road junction
MLA Maeve McLaughlin ,Councillor Eric McGinley and local resident Hugh Kennedy at the Northland Road / Springtown Road junction

Moves to improve road safety in Derry have been welcomed by local politicians.

Sinn Fein councillor Eric McGinley yesterday said plans to install new traffic lights at the the Northland Road/Springtown Road junction will take place during the summer.

“Correspondence I have received from DRD Roads Service outlines the timetable for the introduction of traffic control at this busy junction.

“The target date for commencement of works is the summer holiday period during July and August when traffic flows tend to be lighter due to the school holidays,” he said.

“It is anticipated that the scheme will be completed in time for the start of the school return at the beginning of September and I welcome this update from Road Service which marks significant progress in the residents’ campaign.”

SDLP councillor Angela Dobbins also welcomed the replacement of street lighting in Culmore.

She said the new lights will improve safety for drivers and pedestrians.

“I am delighted that Roads Service in Derry has erected new street lamps at Ballynagard and in the Woodlands area of Culmore.

“This new lighting in Ballynagard will replace the old concrete ones which were outdated and inefficient.

“The new lamps are placed at a higher level and have a wider lamp than the existing lights and will therefore enhance visibility and safety for vehicles and pedestrians.”

But she said she has further concerns about the need for traffic claming measures in and around Ballyarnett village.

“I have been approached by a number of local residents voicing their concerns regarding this particular bend at the junction leading into the village and a lack of traffic calming measures and footpaths at this location,” she said.

“I have contacted Roads Service and I welcome assurances given that they are willing to review this area again with a view to consider implementing safety measures.

“Any death on our roads is one too many and it is important that measures like these are put in place to help highlight to road users the need to be more aware of the possible dangers and to help make this stretch of road safer for drivers and pedestrians alike.”