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Kearney welcomes speed reduction measures on busy rural road

29 October, 2017 - by Declan Kearney

Sinn Féin MLA, Declan Kearney has welcomed significant speed reduction and road safety measures on the Roguery Road in South Antrim.  

Declan Kearney said:

 “Since May of this year and in partnership with relevant statutory agencies, Sinn Féin has been promoting a campaign of road safety awareness focusing on the country roads surrounding Toome and Randalstown. 

“As a result, a number of speed reduction measures have been put in place, and overall road safety awareness has been greatly enhanced.

 “In order to help further build this campaign, Sinn Féin organised a public meeting in Moneyglass to update local residents and listen to their concerns. 

 "I am grateful to senior PSNI officers who joined Sinn Féin representatives, including Cllr Henry Cushinan, in facilitating this meeting with local residents.  We received very positive feedback from residents who welcomed the road safety measures implemented to date, and the plans announced to help further ensure the safety of road users.

 “As a result of representations from myself and Cllr Cushinan, Roads Service has recently installed new 40mph signage along the Roguery Road, and moved signage to more visible locations, as well as adding new 'slow' markers at Duneane and Cloughogue.

 “I am delighted there is now a review underway to reduce the national speed limit to 50mph between Moneyglass chapel and Loughbeg Road. The existing 40mph limit from Gortgill along the Roguery Road will also be extended up to its junction with Loughbeg Road. 

 “The police confirmed that approval has been granted for the mobile safety camera vehicle to be deployed along the Roguery Road. This will hopefully assist in changing driving attitudes and making motorists more aware of the speed limits in place.

“I want to thank all those local residents who attended the meeting and who have supported Sinn Féin's efforts in achieving these important measures.

“I particularly want to acknowledge the PSNI for its commitment to working positively in partnership with myself, Henry Cushinan and the local community in hopefully making Moneyglass roads much safer, and promoting overall rural road safety awareness.” 

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