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Kearney announces additional Whitehill road safety measures

23 July, 2018 - by Declan Kearney

Sinn Féin South Antrim MLA, Declan Kearney has updated residents in the Whitehill area of Randalstown on the latest rural road safety measures which he has agreed with Transport NI and the PSNI will be introduced.  

Declan Kearney said:

“Over recent days, I have carried out an extensive canvass of the Whitehill area along with Cllr Henry Cushinan and other Sinn Féin colleagues to update residents on a range of new road safety measures which Sinn Féin has now agreed with Transport NI and the PSNI. We have been in contact with all residents at Ballygrooby Crescent, Whelan's Brae, Maghereagh and Ballylurgan roads, and Whitehill Drive. This work concluded this morning when we called at every home on the Barnish Road to deliver this positive news.

“These mitigation measures are the result of further recent meetings and site visits arranged by Sinn Fein with the PSNI and Transport NI, to address concerns raised by residents about non-compliance with the previously introduced 40mph restricted zone on the Barnish Road, from above Tír Na nÓg club to the 30mph zone before Whelan’s Brae.

“Among additional measures agreed are the provision of a gateway feature entering the speed limit zone, including enhanced signage; red high friction patches at the gateway feature, with 40mph roundels; larger 40mph repeater signs along the route; additional red high friction surface patches with either ‘40’ or ‘Slow’ markings between Whitehill Drive and Whelan’s Brae; remedial work to improve site lines where required, and specifically at the Ballylurgan and Maghereagh crossroads.

“I will continue to keep the situation under review, specifically along Barnish Road, and will continue to work closely with local residents, the PSNI and Transport NI towards ensuring that the Whitehill area becomes a 'no go' area for excessive speeding and dangerous driving. Our shared objective is to encourage rural road safety, and improve overall safety for all road users and pedestrians locally.”

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