Markethill roundabout call

A Cusher Alderman has reiterated his desire to see a roundabout installed and at the entrance to Markethill that he claims is, in its present form, a “recipe for accidents”.

Alderman Jim Speers. ©Edward Byrne Photography
Alderman Jim Speers. ©Edward Byrne Photography

Speaking at September’s meeting of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council, following a presentation from DfI Road Service, Alderman Jim Speers urged the organisation to install a roundabout where Newry Street meets Gosford Road at the entrance to the village.

“There is a need for a roundabout as one emerges from Markethill, particularly if you are emerging to head to Newry and you have to cross two very busy lanes of traffic,” said Alderman Speers.

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“On the evening of Saturday, September 25, I witnessed 17 cars waiting to emerge from Newry Street onto a very busy road, that is a recipe for accidents with people taking a chance to get away.

“The motorist attempting to emerge onto Gosford Road had to sit for minutes waiting to get out.

“I have asked about this previously and I did not see it on your report but on a previous occasions one of your officers indicated they would investigate and come back to me.

“They may have investigated it but they have yet to come back to me and I would like to hear what they have to say.”

Responding to this question, the divisional manager of DfI Roads, Southern Division, Mark McPeake said he would have a look at the traffic build up on Newry Street.

“In terms of Newry Street and the queueing traffic, I will have a look at that again,” said Mr McPeake.

“I would assume and expect that an assessment has been done and I am disappointed they have not come back to you and as that is the case I will chase them up.”

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