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Series of ‘disgraceful’ roads issues to be investigated in south Armagh

St Patrick's Park Camlough

A series of “disgraceful” road issues, including traffic management system outside a south Armagh primary school, will all be investigated by the Department for Infrastructure (DfI).

Resurfacing of in St Patrick’s Park in Camlough is expected to begin within a matter of weeks.

Sinn Féin Councillor Oonagh Magennis said she was given an assurance by roads officials at the recent full Newry, Mourne and Down Council meeting.

“The surface in St Patrick’s Park is a disgrace; myself and local residents have long been lobbying to get this work done,” councillor Magennis explained.

The south Armagh representative also raised concerns in relation to the ongoing concerns about traffic safety and management at St Oliver Plunkett Primary School in Belleek.

“A commitment that DfI officials will meet with school representatives to discuss the concerns and view the situation was given,” she said. “And I would hope that this will be arranged as quickly as possible.”

The Slieve Gullion Councillor confirmed that her request for a crash barrier at the end of Tullyah Road, the resurfacing of Shaughan Road and traffic safety management on the Longfield Road into Mullaghbawn, just at the mushroom houses, would all be investigated and assessed by Roads Service.

Councillor Magennis added: “Gritting is an issue of concern throughout south Armagh and the Longfield Road was one of the road network highlighted as needing to be added to the schedule.

“Drumalt Road/Silverbridge Hill Junction will be assessed to see what traffic safety measures can be taken to highlight the sharp right turn from Mullaghbawn direction.

“All councillors were given a very short time slot during this meeting to raise our own and our communities concerns to DfI senior management.

“This was disappointing, however, myself and my colleagues are determined to pursue all issues and to continue to lobby for a safe, fit for purpose and fully resourced road infrastructure throughout south Armagh.”

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