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Positive meeting about Grasmere – Bradley

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MLA Maurice Bradley met with the Department for Infrastructure (DFI) yesterday (Wednesday) to highlight road safety at a residential development in Coleraine.

Residents in the Grasmere area have been raising fears about road safety with the MLA since he took up office in 2016.

In that time Bradley claims that there have been numerous accidents and many more near misses at the junction.

According to DFI, the current work at the Ballycastle Road roundabout is expected to increase capacity and improve the road surface. It is also expected that the scheme will increase the throughput of traffic during peak hours.

Two residents, who have been in touch with Bradley were present at the meeting to give their experiences.

Bradley said: “I would firstly like to thank Alan Keys, Network Development Manager for taking the time out to meet with us.

“Road safety has been an issue now at this junction for some time, this meeting allowed us to highlight our fears with the Network Manager,” explained Bradley.

“Nothing has been guaranteed, but we have been given an assurance by DFI that when the current work is concluded, that they will monitor the junction with a view to the possible implementation of further safety measures.

“We have been advised that the scheme, currently underway in the area, should create more opportunities for breaks in the traffic – this remains to be seen, however this is something that we can discuss when we meet again with Mr Keys later in June,” said Bradley.

“I had to lobby the Department for around eight years for traffic lights at the Newmills Road junction, this was a lengthy process and was ultimately dependant on finances, however I believe that it has increased road safety on this stretch of road. Ideally we would like a similar project at Grasmere,” concluded Bradley.

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