Sinn Féin MLA Emma Rogan has asked local TransportNI officials to give serious consideration to the inclusion of Loughinisland in future footway programmes.
The local MLA was speaking following conversations with a number of local families’ who raised serious concerns about the safety of their children walking the Loughinisland Road daily.
“All age groups – including primary school pupils right up to elderly residents – walk along the road everyday to and from the village. Not only is there a number of dips in the road, but there is a dangerous bend which makes walking safely in the direction of the oncoming traffic a very scary prospect.
“Everybody in the local community is well-aware of the financial constraints on government departments; but we must act now before somebody is seriously injured or killed on this road. Only a few years ago there was a serious accident on this stretch of road and it was a miracle one of the three young children involved was not killed.
“In the interim I have requested pedestrian warning signs are erected to help raise awareness to drivers of the possibility of meeting pedestrians along the road.”
South Down MP Chris Hazzard added:
“For some years now we have been campaigning alongside local residents for modifications to be made to improve pedestrian safety on the Loughinisland Road. On these occasions Roads officials have acknowledged that modifications could be made to improve safety, but resources were not available to prioritise any scheme.
“With these previous comments in mind, we are asking now some months before the 2018/2019 programme is finalised to give serious consideration to the Loughinisland Road.”