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Measures will help alleviate residents’ safety fears

Newry Sinn Féin Councillor Liz Kimmins has said that an announcement from Transport NI stating that they will be introducing new traffic control measures at the junction of the Dublin Road and Flagstaff Road is welcome news for residents.

The Department is to implement double yellow lines on the road and will also investigate the possibility of operating an additional Park & Ride facility from the area.

Highlighting the concerns of many about the issues, Councillor Kimmins explained:   “Following serious issues regarding people parking along the Flagstaff Road while they go to work for the day, I have been lobbying Transport NI to deal with this urgently.  Many residents from the Flagstaff Road had contacted me stating the daily problems they face trying to access their homes, with some being met with verbal abuse from those parking along the road.  The road is very narrow and the cars parked are posing serious health and safety risks not only to motorists, but to also pedestrians, particularly elderly residents who regularly walk this route to attend Mass in Cloughogue chapel.”

Revealing that a response from Transport NI on the issue confirmed the department will introduce double yellow lines at the Dublin Road/Flagstaff Road junction to prevent illegal parking, she added: “The Department is also going to carry out a feasibility study to provide an additional park and share site in this area, the first stage of this will be to identify suitable land for such a proposal.  These developments will hopefully address the safety fears of many and alleviate  the issue for local residents.”