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Patsy McGlone 18th December 2017

McGlone: Concern at Poor Quality of Repairs to Rural Roads

SDLP MLA for Mid Ulster, Patsy McGlone, has raised concern about the quality of repairs to rural roads in his constituency. The Mid Ulster MLA was speaking after contacting Infrastructure NI about the dangerous state of the road surface along Killeenan Road.

Mr McGlone said, "It is unacceptable that any road can be allowed to deteriorate to the dangerous state of the surface along Killeenan Road. The potholes opposite the church on this road pose a significant hazard to road users. I have contacted Infrastructure NI about this and emphasised the need for urgent work to be undertaken.

“In recent weeks I have been receiving more complaints from constituents about potholes than at any time.

“Increasingly these cases involve rural roads where potholes have supposedly been repaired only for the same holes to open up again very quickly.

“There is clearly an issue with the quality of the repairs on these rural roads, and I will be seeking a review of the way in which such repair work is commissioned and completed.

“The situation is not helped by the continued absence of an Executive and the lack of a locally elected Minister to hold to account.

“The current political stalemate has a real cost, and rural constituencies are feeling the impact.

“Our rural road network is a vital part of the rural economy and an important link for local communities. We must ensure it is maintained to the highest standard.”

ENDS

Notes to editors: Photos of potholes at Killeenan Road.