Councilor Cadogan Enright and local community PSNI officers have been meeting residents of the Turmennan Road, Scaddy Road and Greystown Road areas over concerns about cars speeding through the area between the A7 Belfast road and The Old Belfast Road.
Cllr Enright said, “The situation had been made worse by recent road closures on both main roads and the ongoing pipe-laying along Craigs Road by the water service that will last up until July. There seems to be little coordination between the Roads Service and NIWater as to diversions or reduced speed limits though these country lanes. Having spoken to Roads Service, they have not given proper consideration to applying temporary speed limits in these areas, and are leaving it to the PSNI to pick up the pieces, but without giving the PSNI a temporary speed limit to work with.”
Local resident Olwen McConnell said “the national speed limit of 60 miles per hour is totally inappropriate for winding single-lane roads like this. 25 or 30MPH would be more appropriate, and even then care is needed as there are no pavements and children, horses and agricultural traffic must be expected at every turn in this area ”
Cadogan Enright agreed and said, “The PSNI have made it clear to me that ‘driving with due care and attention’ requires drivers to proceed at well below the national speed limit, and that they will be monitoring the situation. Aside from winding, narrow sections of these 3 roads, there are some sections where the rise of a hill, like the hill on Scaddy Road makes it impossible to see what is coming on the other side. A child with a bike or someone out on a horse would have no chance at these speeds.”
“I am pleased that the PSNI have decided to put in place their own measures to reduce speeding along Scaddy Road, including electronic speed indicator boards, despite the failure of Roads Service to agree temporary speed restrictions for the duration of these works”. Concluded Cll Enright