Howell Welcomes Consideration For Castlewellan Crossing

A new pedestrian crossing on the busy Newcastle Road in Castlewellan is under consideration by the Department for Infrastructure.

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A new pedestrian crossing on the busy Newcastle Road in Castlewellan is under consideration by the Department for Infrastructure.

Slieve Croob Councillor Róisín Howell said she was “delighted” to announce that “serious consideration” is now being given to the crossing writes Laura Barr.

The Sinn Féin representative said: “I have raised concerns about speeding on this road and lobbied DfI Traffic Department for a pedestrian crossing for many years.

“I have seen first-hand how difficult it is for young and old to cross this road on a daily basis.”

She added: “Common sense has prevailed with DfI and they have realised these dangers.

Cllr Róisín Howell and South Down MLA Emma Rogan welcome consideration for a pedestrian crossing for the Newcastle Road in Castlewellan.

“They have informed us that they hope to place a pedestrian crossing in the vicinity in the near future.

“There will be a series of consultations and feasibility surveys to be carried out to determine a suitable location.

“The safety of pedestrians is of utmost importance, myself and Sinn Féin colleague, Emma Rogan MLA believe that such a measure will slow the traffic significantly and will allow for a safe crossing point for all persons crossing the road at any time of the day.

Cllr Howell said: “Even though I have been informed that it has met criteria and DfI agree there is a need for one there are feasibility studies and consultations to happen with residents and businesses”.

In a statement to Down News, Minister Mallon said: “I am committed to improving road safety for pedestrians and in particular vulnerable road users such as children, the elderly, those who are visually impaired and those with a disability.

“My department is considering a new pedestrian-controlled crossing on Newcastle Road, Castlewellan.

“I have asked my officials to carry out a survey to determine the most suitable location for the crossing to ensure it will meet the required safety standards.”