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Kearney welcomes renewed safety measures for Barnish Road area

16 June, 2018 - by Declan Kearney

Sinn Féin South Antrim MLA, Declan Kearney has welcomed the PSNI’s response to road safety concerns on the Barnish Road, Randalstown.

 Following a site meeting with PSNI officers at Whitehill on the Barnish Road, Mr Kearney said,

“I want to commend the PSNI for their swift response to road safety concerns on the Barnish Road at Whitehill which I raised during a meeting with the area commander and senior officers last week. 

"As a result local police officers and I met twice this week on Barnish Road to assess the situation and observe first hand instances of speeding traffic.

“For the past year, Sinn Féin has maintained a consistent focus on rural road safety throughout the South Antrim area. Our campaign has sought to raise awareness and encourage safe and responsible attitudes on the part of all road users. This has proved very successful with the assistance of the PSNI and the Department for Infrastructure, in consultation with local communities.

“Despite our efforts to discourage excessive speeding by some motorists on the Barnish Road, including the introduction of a 40mph zone from above Tír Na nÓg club to the 30mph zone before Whelan's Brae, on the outskirts of Randalstown, this continues to be a very dangerous stretch of road.

“As a result of my discussions with senior PSNI officers, we have agreed that there will be an increased policing profile on the Barnish Road, to help encourage compliance with the speed restriction.  This will include regular speed detection operations.

"I want the Barnish Road to become a 'no go' area for dangerous driving and excessive speeding, and a safer place for both road users and local people

“I have also contacted the Department for Infrastructure to seek improvements to sight lines in the area which currently impede motorists' view when emerging from side roads, such as Ballylurgan Road, onto the Barnish Road.

“In the meantime I would appeal to all road users, especially motorists travelling through the Whitehill, to show respect for the local community by demonstrating due care, and especially in the vicinity of the Tír na nÓg GAC grounds.”

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