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Department ‘finally agrees’ to better road safety measures outside Lurgan primary school

Liam Mackle at St Teresa's Primary School in Lurgan

After repeated requests from local representatives the Department for Infrastructure has agreed to improve road safety measures around a Lurgan primary school.

Councillors have been lobbying on behalf of St Teresa’s Primary School, which is based on the Cornakinnegar Road, following a number of near misses as parents and children enter and exit the school site.

Sinn Fein Councillor Liam Mackle said: “After the latest round of lobbying from ourselves and the school DFI Roads have finally agreed safety improvements are needed.

“In a bid to make road users more aware of a school in this vicinity and hopefully encourage them to drive accordingly, DFI Roads will arrange to place ‘SCHOOL’ road markings on Cornakinnegar Road beside the existing school warning sign (Lurgan side of Tarry Lane junction).

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“In regards to the approach to the Primary School from Tarry Lane direction, DFI have taken on board our point that no signage currently exists here and have agreed that school warning signage may be beneficial for road users coming from this direction.

“DFI Roads will therefore arrange for a school warning sign and associated ‘SCHOOL’ markings to be put in place on the Tarry Lane approach to your school as soon as resources allow.

Concluding Cllr Mackle said: “I want to congratulate the School, Principal Mr Kearney who kept the pressure on DFI roads for improved safety measures in the area and I would also appeal to drivers to respect other road users particularly around schools and act how you would want drivers to behave near your child’s school.”

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