Mr Robin Swann, the North Antrim Ulster Unionist Party Assemblyman and Chairman of the Stormont Public Accounts Committee, has warned the Sinn Fein Infrastructure Minister that “he must make cash available for the resurfacing of the Ballee Road roundabout at Ballymena before the junction becomes a notorious accident blackspot”.
Assemblyman Swann, who is also UUP Chief Whip and North Antrim UUP Chairman, said he was alsocontacting the Sinn Fein Minister to “express his bitter disappointment that funds have not been made available to resurface the roundabout”.
As Assemblyman Swann was issuing this statement, he received word that yet another incident had occurred at the roundabout and that “immediate action on funding, not pathetic words were urgently needed by the Minister”.
Assemblyman Swann added: “The roundabout has already been the site of a number of serious accidents in the last few months, with local residents living in fear of a car or lorry crashing through their property and I believed the site had been earmarked for urgent remedial works.
“I am disappointed to learn that although TransportNI recognises that there appears to be an ongoing issue of vehicles losing grip on the roundabout and the condition of the surface has been checked, no action is being taken to fix this increasingly dangerous situation.
“Having already lobbied various Roads Ministers in the past, I was pleased when it was revealed the roundabout was listed for resurfacing with high friction chippings.
“But I cannot stress my extreme disappointment and frustration that the work has now been put on the long finger as it is now subject to money being available rather than a priority.
“There is now the real danger that this Ballee Road roundabout could become one of the most notorious accident blackspots, not just in the Ballymena locality, but across the North Antrim constituency itself,” said Assemblyman Swann.