Installation of Creggan footbridge imminent

April 24, 2012

The installation of a new footbridge spanning Creggan River is to be completed later this week, Sinn Fein Councillor Colman Burns has revealed.

The main Newry to Crossmaglen Road will be closed to through traffic from 9.30am until 4pm on Friday 27th April to facilitate the installation of the structure.

Councillor Burns welcomed the footbridge which he says is as a result of a lengthy lobbying campaign to introduce safety measures on this busy stretch of road at Creggan that has been the scene of a fatality in the past.

Work on the construction of the facility began last September and has been eagerly awaited by residents.  The new bridge will span river between the existing road bridge and Hearty’s shop on Donaldson’s Road.  A footpath from the nearby bus shelter will lead to the bridge and will continue on the other side to the shop.

Councillor Burns said: “This is an extremely welcome development for the people of Creggan.  Contractors have been working for a number of months preparing the site and I am delighted that the bridge is arriving on-site in the coming days.

“The people of Creggan and other bridge users have waited for a very long time for safety measures to prevent another fatality at this location. Young children and adults alike took their life in their hands as they tried to negotiate a way across the existing bridge which was, quite simply, not fit for purpose.

“I, and other members of the Sinn Féin team on Newry Council, have consistently pointed out these dangers to Roads Service officials.  We met in Newry and on-site on many occasions in a bid to find a solution to this escalating problem, as the road traffic count continued to rise dramatically. Collectively, we came up with this solution and it is great to see that the footbridge will soon be in use as work is nearing completion at Creggan.”

Mr Burns says it is necessary to close the road to traffic due to the size of the bridge structure that is to be installed.

“Diversions will be in place and people should allow extra time for their journey to compensate for this. Hopefully, people will not be too inconvenienced and everyone will understand the importance of this work to the local Creggan community,” he added.