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Road Safety barriers to be erected along Newry-Omeath road

31 January, 2008

Sinn Féin Newry and Armagh Councillor Brendan Curran has welcomed the announcement from Roads Service that they intend taking appropriate safety measures, for instance the erection of safety and crash barriers along stretches of the Newry-Omeath Road.

Cllr Curran said:

"There was initial disappointment when it was revealed that a cost in excess of £2 million and further technical difficulties would prevent a scheme to provide a barrier along the full 7km stretch of the Newry to Omeath Road, however Roads Service have informed us that they now have sufficient funding to erect barriers on areas of the road identified as high priorities. That is good news.

"People will remember that only recently a car careered off the road into the canal and left a young baby fighting for its life. I am now led to believe that a safety barrier will be erected at this point on the Fathom Line/Omeath Road junction. It is essential to ensure that as far as practically possible this type of incident will never happen again.

"We need to ensure that we now determine what safety actions might be taken to ensure as far as practically possible that this would not happen again."

Deputy Mayor of Newry and Mourne Charlie Casey who attended the meeting on site along the road where the intention by Roads Service to take the measures were announced by senior Roads Officials also welcomed the news. He added:

"This is positive and will be welcomed by all who use this road. I would also appeal to all drivers who use the road to drive carefully and in particular not at speed." ENDS

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