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Urgency needed from DFI-Roads on Slemish College crossing after ‘absurd’ road narrowing

Work was recently undertaken on the Larne Road to removing a number of parking bays and narrowing the road.

North Antrim MLA Jim Allister has called on the Department for Infrastructure to act with urgency over a controlled crossing on the Larne Road in Ballymena, outside Slemish College.

In a statement issued on Wednesday (10 November), the TUV Party Leader said that road safety issuers were greatly exasperated at the location following the ‘absurd‘ DFI road narrowing outside the school.

Mr Allister commented on the issue:

“Last month I wrote to DFI-Roads and the Education Authority demanding swift action following the absurd DFI road narrowing scheme outside Slemish College in Ballymena. This has greatly exasperated road safety issues in the areas with cars and buses forced to stop in unorthodox and uncontrolled places.

“Unsurprisingly, there has already been an incident in which a pupil trying to cross the road was injured. The absence of either a crossing patrol or a ‘zebra crossing’ is compounding the danger.

“I have today been advised that an assessment has been carried out and this showed that a controlled crossing was necessary. This is being considered for inclusion in Traffic Management’s programme of works for the 2021/22 financial year.”

Ballymena Councillor Matthew Armstrong added:

“It is a matter of record that the danger to pupils has increased because of the road narrowing. It is therefore incumbent on DFI-Roads to address the issue urgently. I welcome the fact that action is being taken and will be keeping a close eye on the issue to make sure it is not put on the long finger.”


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