‘Time for a new South Belfast road safety drive’ - Stevie Jenkins
Sinn Féin Lisnasharragh representative Stevie Jenkins has called on the Department of Infrastructure to take action to address speeding and increase safety for children travelling to a number of South Belfast schools.
Stevie Jenkins said:
“Over recent years Sinn Féin has repeatedly raised the need for the introduction of enhanced road safety measures in the Upper Ormeau area with the Department for Infrastructure.
“Both Máirtín Ó Muilleoir MLA and I have consistently raised our concerns that the lack of adequate pedestrian crossings leaves a situation where a serious accident is waiting to happen.
“In 2015 Máirtín presented the then Regional Development Minister with a petition signed by hundreds of local residents calling for the introduction of a pedestrian crossing at Holy Rosary church. While the Minister accepted the need for such a crossing we are still waiting for it to be installed.
“More recently residents have raised serious concerns about the a dangerous intersection of the Ormeau Road and St John’s Avenue.
“Over 1,000 students use this traffic light crossing daily to attend Rosetta Primary School, Forge Integrated Primary School and Wellington College.
“Sinn Féin has continually raised multiple reports of ‘near misses’ because vehicles on the outside lane cannot see the traffic lights. This has now resulted in three Wellington College pupils being knocked down. Thankfully they are not seriously injured.
“I have written to the Department of Infrastructure requesting that they urgently raise the height of the traffic lights to ensure this never happens again.
“I have also requested that the Department introduce a pelican crossing at the intersection at Knock Eden Park and Rosetta Road which is used by students attending St. Joseph’s school Aquinas Grammar School.
“Hundreds of local children play sports regularly at Cherryvale Playing Fields on the busy Ravenhill Road which has high levels of speeding cars with no traffic lights or pedestrian crossing.
“I recently launched a petition on this issue which was supported by around 1,000 residents.
“The Department of Infrastructure must act immediately to address what has become a road danger zone and tackle these issues of speeding and safe crossing with a new safety drive for children and young people playing and going to school before a more serious incident occurs.”