DUP MLA Maurice Bradley has requested an urgent meeting with DFI Roads in a bid to try and resolve the road safety issue at Grasmere in Coleraine.
An order to reduce the speed limit coming off the roundabout from 60mph to 50mph is currently being prepared by DfI, however Bradley claims that this will have no impact at the junction.
The East Londonderry MLA has been lobbying for additional safety precautions at the site, which he claims is a ‘death trap’. MP for the area, Gregory Campbell has also been lobbying DfI on the matter.
He met recently with Alan Keys, Network Development Manager of DfI in the hope that the upgrade of the Ballycastle Road roundabout would also result in work at the residential junction.
Bradley explained: “I had hoped that whilst the work was being carried out at the Ballycastle Road roundabout that the junction at Grasmere would be incorporated.
“I was given an assurance that the upgrade would slow traffic coming off the roundabout, and would have a beneficial impact on drivers trying to exit from Grasmere.
“DfI agreed to meet with me at the end of July to review the situation and give the new traffic arrangements time to bed in.
“My view is that the upgrade has increased speed and made exiting from the Grasmere junction even more difficult for residents.
“In the past weeks there have been a number of accidents and several near misses, I have been in touch with DfI again to see if I can meet with them in the next week.
“I was on site today (Monday) along with Cllr George Duddy. We spoke with residents and heard of their concerns.
“I have been advised that DfI are to review the speed limit coming off the roundabout and are ready to put forward a notice to reduce the speed from 60mph to 50mph – this will not make any difference in my view.
“My office gets complaints about this junction on a daily basis, there have been six accidents in the past month, and three that I know of in the past week. This is an issue that I have been lobbying on for several years – I think that it is time for DfI to sit up and take heed of the serious dangers here before someone is seriously injured or worse.”