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Improvements sought on final accident blackspot on Armagh-Keady road

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Further improvements are being sought to eradicate a notorious blackspot on the Armagh-Keady road.

A huge amount of money has been pumped into improvements in recent months, but now there are calls to sort out “one notorious accident blackspot outstanding”, just outside Keady.

SDLP Councillor Thomas O’Hanlon has met with Transport NI and speaking after that meeting he said: “We have been successful in securing a number of improvement schemes along the main Armagh Keady Road.

“Improvements have been made on the stretch approaching to Girvan’s Bridge from Tassagh, work is almost complete at Ballyards and in the coming weeks I hope resurfacing works and junction improvements will be confirmed at Beechhill.

“However there is one notorious accident blackspot outstanding just beyond Bachelors Walk and the Killyreavey Road junction coming from Keady.”

He added: “There have been countless separate accidents at this location. It’s is a sweeping bend and the motorists involved in the accidents seem to be coming from the Keady and lose control as they come around the bend.

“In the last eighteen months alone one local householder has had his fence smashed to pieces on six separate occasions and in that time frame another householder has had his garden fence and trees damaged as well; telegraph poles have also had to be replaced following accidents.

“It is only by the grace of God that no one has been killed at this location and local residents live in fear as they try to leave their homes and venture onto the Keady Road, they fear they too could be involved in a very serious accident and want something done about it.

“This is a very busy and fast part of the road; it seems that as soon as repair works are carried out following one accident the next happens.

Keady Road

Keady Road

“I raised the every genuine concern of local residents and have asked that Transport NI consider developing a scheme which would make improvements at this location.

“Transport NI have agreed to consult with the PSNI for accident data, and when they have that they will consider what can be done at this location to make real improvements.

“I hope that significant improvements can be made at this location and that the Armagh – Keady road can become a much safer.”

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