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Safety on Falls Road a low priority for statutory agencies

5 December, 2005

Sinn Féin MLA for West Belfast Fra McCann has today said that the volume of traffic on the Falls Road and the low priority given to the road have contributed to it becoming an accident blackspot. Mr McCann made his comments after the PSNI claimed that the Falls Road was the most dangerous accident black-spot in the North.

Speaking today Mr McCann said:

"The Falls Road is the main arterial route through West Belfast and anyone using the road will be well aware of the constant traffic jams and excruciating wait times at peak periods. It is clear that further traffic calming schemes are required on the road to lessen the amount of accidents which are occurring.

"It certainly seems that the development of safer roads is not a high priority for the Roads Service and or the other statutory agencies. Sinn Féin has been pursuing the Roads Service to implement further road safety measures in West Belfast.

"The PSNI's new found interest in the amount of stolen cars being driven on the Falls Road stands in stark contrast to their disinterest in death drivers and anti-social behaviour in West Belfast over the past 30 years." ENDS

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