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Assembly Questions

Patsy McGlone 17th July 2017

Mid Ulster SDLP Meets Infrastructure NI on Improving Road Safety at Schools

SDLP MLA for Mid Ulster, Patsy McGlone, has met with Infrastructure NI to promote the introduction of measures to improve road safety near schools and in built-up areas. The meetings took place this week in a number of locations across the constituency. The Mid Ulster MLA met with Infrastructure NI in Moortown; and was accompanied by SDLP Councillor Martin Kearney at meetings in Clady and Portglenone; and in Lissan, Moneymore, Loup, Ballylifford, and Derrychrin by SDLP Councillor Christine McFlynn.

Mr McGlone said, “Along with my party colleagues I met with Infrastructure NI at a number of locations to discuss the introduction of measures to improve road safety near schools and in built-up areas.

“It is an issue that many constituents regularly raise with me and other local representatives. There is genuine concern at the speed at which some vehicles continue to travel at in the vicinity of schools.

“Unless more is done to slow traffic in areas where children and families are gathered there is a real risk of a tragic accident occurring.”

Cllr Kearney added, “In Clady village local residents have been particularly concerned about the speed of through traffic. This built-up area comprises two schools, the Bann Valley Community Hall, St. Oliver Plunkett's Church and the GAA grounds.”

Mr McGlone continued, “A number of measures were proposed and discussed at the meetings today, and we will continue to keep local communities well informed of progress towards their introduction. As well as Infrastructure NI, the PSNI will also be involved in the assessment of sites and the suitability of proposed traffic calming measures.

“The SDLP will continue to lobby for the introduction of further traffic calming measures in these and other areas to improve the safety of local residents and all road users.”