Council have this evening at the Leisure and Development Committee unanimously backed Councillor Baird, seconded by Alderman McCandless motion this evening to write to DFI Roads Service and the Chief Constable in regards to having STOP signs erected at the dangerous road junctions which intersect the Gracehill Road near the Dark Hedges.
The motion read : “Over the past year there have been numerous collisions at the road junctions most used by traffic approaching and leaving the Dark Hedges. Sadly a young man from USA was killed in one such accident in September 2018. After lobbying the Roads Service and PSNI new high visibility Give Way signs were erected in October 2018 at two of the junctions but sadly the accident rate has not declined.
Apart from the obvious high risk to life at these junctions the collisions have necessitated high-level presence from the Ambulance Service, Air Ambulance Service and Police on an almost weekly frequency. Local people now live in fear in what has become treacherous international road junctions.
In support of lobbying currently underway I would ask that Council write to the Permanent Secretary at DfI and the Chief Constable for NI to have STOP signs put in place immediately at the Fivey Road and Bregagh Road junctions with Gracehill Road and that this is followed by other effective measures to ensure safety is paramount at these junctions. Furthermore that the Fivey Road junction with the Drones Road is risk assessed and appropriate action taken to ensure safety”