Mallon announces new PUFFIN Crossing Facility for Annalong.
Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon has announced plans for a new pedestrian PUFFIN crossing in Annalong.
Works on the £40,000 scheme on the A2 Kilkeel Road, Annalong will commence in the New Year.
Minister Mallon said: “I am committed to ensuring our infrastructure is inclusive for all our citizens. I am pleased to announce that my Department will be delivering a new PUFFIN Crossing for Annalong.
“The crossing, which will be located in front of Annalong Primary School close to Ulster Avenue, will improve 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.
“This is a busy road which carries up to 6,000 vehicles per day and the introduction of a PUFFIN crossing at this popular crossing point will help everyone to access local shops and services safely.
“I am confident that the new crossing will be welcome news for the community and visitors alike.”
DUP Mournes Councillor Glyn Hanna expressed his delight at the news of the Puffin crossing and said: “I joined the Council in 2014 and have campaigned for this every year.
“There are only so many Puffin Crossings allocated each year by Roads Service and we have finally got there.
“This great news will be very well received by the people of Annalong.
“This is a very busy main road and it will hugely improve safety and convenience for local residents and especially those who are not so mobile. And it will make life easier for the crossing patrol lady at the primary school.”
Sinn Féin Mournes Councillor Leeanne McEvoy welcomed the initiative and said: “This is very exciting news for Annalong.
“It is on a very busy road and all the residents who have to cross this road daily will welcome this.
“It will improve safety all round and make shopping that bit easier especially for the elderly and the disabled in the community.
“There are residential properties on both sides of the main road, therefore it is providing all round benefits for convenience and safety.”