Dundalk Road revealed as one of north’s worst

April 13, 2015

The Dundalk Road in Crossmaglen has been listed as one of the worst roads in the north deemed to be in a poor state of repair, The Examiner has learned.

A report released by the Department of Regional Development revealed fifty roads across the north which top the list with the highest number of road defects.  Almost a quarter of the 50 are in County Armagh, the Dundalk Road, Crossmaglen coming 19th with a total of 182 recorded defects.

Other badly affected routes include the Annvale Road in Keady with 244 defects and the Green Road, Bessbrook with 157 faults.

Commenting, the SDLP Westminster candidate for Newry/Armagh, Justin McNulty has called for an urgent injection of cash to resolve the issues.

“Every motorist or resident I have met over recent weeks on the doorsteps has been raising the issue about the state of our roads, particularly in rural areas.  They are constantly highlighting the number of marked potholes which never actually get repaired and complain of the damage to their cars,” he said.

“Despite having two successive Roads Ministers over the last eight years in Conor Murphy and Danny Kennedy, Newry and Armagh tops the list for the worst roads in the North.  In my view, this doesn’t tell the story enough, the state of our roads are abysmal and it’s time we saw serious action from the Minister and his officials to resolve the issue.

“The Annvale Road in Keady comes in as the second worst road in Northern Ireland, followed by other roads such as the Dundalk Road in Crossmaglen, roads in Clady, Tullysaran, Markethill and on the outskirts of Armagh and Newry cities. The only conclusion I can make is that this area has been neglected for years.  This cannot continue,” he added.

Voicing his appreciation at the work carried out by Roads Service personnel, Mr McNulty says they are operating with “their hands tied behind their back”.

“Our roads are dreadful at the minute but I fear things are going to get so much worse.  The Roads Minister needs to give assurances that things will improve. Local residents are right to highlight where the problems are. Lack of investment in roads maintenance is clear to be seen and action must be taken as soon as possible to rectify this dreadful situation.”