Local road named as worst in the North

April 1, 2019

The Ballyfannahan Road located between Creggan and Cullyhanna has been revealed as Northern Ireland’s worst road, according to figures recently released by the Department of Infrastructure.

More than 160 defects were recorded on the road during last year, accounting for the highest number of faults on a single route anywhere in the north.

Released under a Freedom of Information request, the results reveal there were a total of 127,173 road defects recorded in 2018, an increase of 60,000 on the previous year.

Behind the 162 defects recorded on the Ballyfannahan Road were the Hillhead Road in Ballyclare (147) and the Upper Dromore Road in Warrenpoint (145).

The information, obtained by the BBC, highlighted the amount of compensation paid to motorists whose vehicles were damaged by defective roads, which more than doubled from £321,849 in 2016 to £751,926 in 2018.

Successful claims for vehicle damage rose from 1,590 to 3,533 during the same period.

The Northern Ireland Audit Office (NIAO) has published a report highlighting how a lack of investment is having a deteriorating effect on the overall condition of the north’s road network, revealing that annual spending on the road network is around £50m less than what is required.