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Sinn Féin demand re-design of busy Downpatrick road junction

13 September, 2006

Sinn Féin councillor South Down MLA Willie Clarke has called on Roads Service to reconsider the design of the junction where the Belfast and Ballynahinch Roads meet.

Mr Clarke made his comments after receiving numerous complaints about the safety of the junction which he said has recently been redesigned.

Calling for the new design to be reconsidered, the Sinn Féin representative said:

"The junction is located on a particularly dangerous and fast section of the Belfast Road.

"The complaints I am receiving revolve around the length of the slowing lane from the Downpatrick direction to allow drivers to turn left onto the Ballynahinch Road. Because of the short distance of this lane cars are slowing down while still on the main carriageway.

"There is no excuse for excess speed and drivers do need to show extra care at this double junction.

"Nonetheless, it is clear that the short distance of the slowing lane is disrupting the easy flow of traffic, particularly during commuting times.

"With such a short slowing lane it can predicted that there will be accidents here in the future. I will be in touch with Roads Service to have the design of the double junction reconsidered." ENDS

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