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Minister confirms multiple requests to improve safety on length of busy Lurgan road

Department had asked ABC Council planners to ensure various measures to improve safety and traffic flow ahead of approving recent housing plans and £25m St Ronan's College new-build on Cornakinnegar Road

Cornakinnegar Road in Lurgan

A raft of measures have been requested to help improve safety on the busy Cornakinnegar Road in Lurgan, where plans remain in place for a £25 million new-build school for St Ronan’s College.

Roads Minister Nichola Mallon explained that her Department had sought assurances from planning officials on ABC Council ahead of any new developments in the area being given the go-ahead.

She gave confirmation in response to a question tabled by Upper Bann MLA John O’Dowd.

The Sinn Fein representative had asked for details of measures planned to improve safety and traffic flow, given the number of housing developments planned for the area, together with the new-build college.

Minister Mallon explained that, as part of the statutory consultation on planning applications for the area, her officials had asked for a number of improvements to be implemented by developers.

These were designed to “assist with traffic flow and safety on both the Cornakinnegar Road and the North Circular Road as well as in the wider vicinity”.

The Minister, responding to Mr O’Dowd’s question, revealed: “These requests have included: New footpath provision, two pedestrian crossing points, road widening and a right turning lane on North Circular Road;

“New footpath provision, road widening and a right turning lane on Cornakinnegar Road for Saint Ronan’s new school;

“New frontage footpath for the Foxleigh Wood housing development; new footpath provision, road widening and the construction of a right turning lane for Saint Anne’s housing development; and new footway provision, road widening and the construction of a right turning lane for Cherry Wood/Tarry Wood housing development.”

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