Fears over speeding on Whiteside’s Road

Steps are being taken in an attempt to combat “the growing menace of speeders” on Whitesides Road, near Ballymena.

Discussing how speeders on Whitesides Road can be combatted are; from left, local UUP activist Andrew Wright; Assemblyman Danny Kennedy, the Regional Develop Minister, and North Antrim UUP MLA Robin Swann.

Mr Robin Swann, local UUP MLA, has confirmed that a road traffic survey will take place to provide the Roads Service with information about the scale of the problem.

Assemblyman Swann said: “Following a number of complaints in regard to speeding on the Whiteside’s Road, local Ulster Unionist representative Andrew Wright requested a meeting with Regional Development Minister and our party colleague Danny Kennedy MLA.

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“This was to raise concerns over traffic conditions at Whiteside’s Corner, Ballymena.

Mr Swann said that local residents had contacted both Mr Wright and himself over fears that the traffic speed on the Whiteside’s Road around the junction of the Glebe and Ahoghill roads was reaching dangerous levels.

“We were especially concerned for local residents who live on the road and have the unenviable task of trying to negotiate the traffic getting out from and back into their drives,” Mr Swann said.

He added: “Following the representation to Minister Kennedy, the Minister has agreed that as a first step his department will carry out a Road Traffic Survey to enlighten them as to the full extent of the problem and has discussed with his officials all the issues and the various solutions that may help the situation.”

Mr Wright added: “I look forward to the results of the traffic monitoring and hope that something can be done.”