No crossing for Laurencetown

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Sinn Féin MLA John O’ Dowd has expressed great disappointment at the response from Transport NI to his call for a “imaginative response to the road safety concerns” at the point junction in Laurencetown.

Mr O’ Dowd spoke out after receiving a response from Transport NI which stated the location was not suitable for a pedestrian crossing.

Mr O’ Dowd said, “I called for an imaginative approach to the road safety concerns in the area. As someone who has been lobbying for many years for a pedestrian crossing in the area, I was acutely aware it was previously rejected by authorities.

“The safety of pedestrians and other road users in the area of the Point junction demands improved road safety measures. Transport NI need to look at alternatives to pedestrian crossings and at safety measures not only at the Point, but along the stretch of road from Roes Hill to the junction with Knocknagor Road.”

Concluding Mr O’ Dowd said, “I will be once again contacting Transport NI and calling for a more comprehensive review of traffic management in and around the Point.

“I do note from their response that a plan to ‘ provide development in the area may help overcome the problem’. However the development may come too late to avoid a tragedy. Action is needed now.”