West Tyrone Sinn Féin -- Building an Ireland of Equals

Campbell calls on DfI Roads to Improve Roadside Verges and Safety of Walkers and Cyclists

Published: 12 April, 2019

Sinn Féin Councillor Glenn Campbell has called on DfI Roads to increase their attention to the condition of road side verges across West Tyrone.

Sinn Féin Councillor Glenn Campbell has called on DfI Roads to increase their attention to the condition of road side verges across West Tyrone.

West Tyrone Sinn Féin Councillor Glenn Campbell has called on DfI Roads to increase their attention to the condition of road side verges across West Tyrone.

Highlighting concerns regarding the poor condition of a number roadsides across West Tyrone, Cllr Campbell urged DfI Roads to place greater emphasis on the safety of all road users, including pedestrians and cyclists.

"Sometimes you need to stop on a road or walk along a road to fully appreciate the natural beauty of our rural countryside. It is little wonder that so many people are building rural walks into their daily/weekly routine. This is to be welcomed and encouraged, but DfI Roads need to place greater emphasis on the safety of walkers, runners and cyclists.

Continuing, Cllr Campbell said,

"Many of our roadside verges across West Tyrone have been reduced over the year. Some, for example in Dunbiggan Road in Eskra and Shannaragh Road, Dromore, have very little by way of a verge left in places. Other roads, such as Altanaveragh Road and Routingburn Road in Eskra have had their drains and water tables damaged due to heavy vehicles. There is often nowhere for a pedestrian or cyclist to pull over if they meet a heavy vehicle along these roads.

"I have highlighted these concerns previously and I do accept what DfI Roads have been saying in relation to how traffic and the size of vehicles have greatly increased since many of these roads were first constructed. Modern Agricultural vehicles and SUVs, for example, have grown in size and this does have an impact on the condition of our roadside verges.

Concluding, Cllr Campbell urged DfI Roads to consider all options that might improve the safety of road users.

"I do feel more can be done to repair drains and widen roads with passing bays, where necessary, to increase the safety of all road users. I know that many landowners are willing to engage with DfI Roads in relation to land acquisition that may be needed along certain stretches of road.

Too often, I am a driver along these roads, as opposed to a walker, runner or cyclists. I do, however, fully appreciate the importance of making our roads safer for all road users, including walkers, runners and cyclists. The majority of my many interactions with DfI Roads are motivated by safety concerns raised by road users.

ENDS