Proposed traffic management measure for Craigahulliar Road / Ballymacrea Road

The Department for Infrastructure Roads spring report to Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council this evening, Tuesday, included a number of minor traffic management measures, one of which is to improve warning signs and markings for Craigahulliar Road / Ballymacrea Road outside Portrush.

Councilor Mark Fielding said: ‘Residents have long been concerned about speeding on Ballymacrea Road and particularly at the junction with Craigahulliar Road.

“These are two very busy rural roads. There are over 20 accommodations in Craigahulliar which is close to the Council Landfill and traffic has increased further since the new Caravan Park was established in recent years.

“Following a site meeting we hosted for local residents with the police and DfI Roads earlier this year, safety concerns were raised over traffic speed where the National Speed ​​Level still applies in a residential area.

“As a result of this meeting, DFI Roads has now agreed in its recent report to upgrade the warning signs and road markings on Craigahulliar Road and Ballymacrea Road.

“These traffic management measures have been well received by residents and their families and will hopefully help reduce excessive speed,” said Cllr Fielding.

In agreement with Cllr Fielding, Maurice Bradley, MP, said: ‘We had a good cordial meeting with the PSNI, DFI Roads and the residents earlier in the year. “Fortunately, residents’ concerns have been heard and improvements have been initiated.

“However, the nature of the junction, on a hill and a corner and given the number of vehicles, trucks and cars serving the municipal landfill, the residential caravan park and the people of Craigahullier, I would ask DFI Roads to consider a speed limit as an additional measure to reduce traffic speed and help deny the nature of this intersection.

“There are young children playing in Craigahullier, there is a tourist facility directly across from the houses in Skerry View, again children playing and the added danger of large heavy garbage trucks congregating in a small zoned.
“I welcome the proposed improvements, but I will write to the Department asking for the urgent installation of a 30mph speed limit leading to this junction and through Craigahullier itself,” Bradley concluded.

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