South Down Margaret Ritchie MP and Councillor Patsy Toman have welcomed the inclusion of a collision barrier at the Loughinisland Lough in the roads programme.
Ms Ritchie said: “Further to a site meeting with senior Roads Service officials, I am pleased to learn that the collision barrier at the Lough is now placed at number three in their priorities for Down District.
“This high placement of this scheme is in direct reference to the need for a safety barrier at the Lough. I am pleased that Roads Service have recognised the need in this area for the safety of motorists and pedestrians alike not only in Loughinisland but surrounding areas and commuters.
“I will be making urgent representations to the Minister for Regional Development and the Minister for Finance and Personnel to ensure necessary funds for the realisation of this project are sourced and work can commence without delay.”
Cllr Patsy Toman added: “I have been involved in the campaign for a safety barrier around the lake for some time. I have always maintained this is a dangerous stretch of road as it is not only narrow and winding but there is sustainable ground between the road and the Lough should a car ever have an accident.
“The road is also the main commuter route for the school and the main Ballynahinch Road so there is a high level of traffic on it.
“I hope to see this work commence in the near future for the safety and protection of all road users.”]]>