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Accidents prompt further appeals for school route to be salted

February 18, 2019

 A number of accidents on Monday morning last have prompted a local councillor to reiterate his appeal to have a school route included in the roads network winter gritting schedule.

Sinn Fein’s Barra Ó Muirî has demanded action be taken regarding the condition of the Ballymoyer Road in Newtownhamilton during particularly cold weather.

Having campaigned for the roads around St. Malachy’s and St. Oliver’s Primary Schools to be treated, Councillor Ó Muirí says this latest series of incidents has again “set alarm bells ringing”.

“I made contact with Transport NI and once again pleaded for the road to be upgraded to a primary road when it comes to salting,” he revealed.  “They continue to tell me that to be upgraded there needs to be 1,500 vehicles a day on the road.  I asked whether a 53 seater bus counts as one vehicle or 53. They conceded it could be considered as 53.  A return journey on a bus then is 106. How many buses are on the Ballymoyer Road each day?” he has asked.

The councillor has requested that the pupils carry out a survey at their schools in a bid to determine how much traffic may pass by in a typical day.

 “I’ve asked for a site meeting with Transport NI and the Principal of Ballymoyer PS as soon as possible and hope to finally get the road included on the Primary Roads list,” he advised.

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