Roy Beggs, Ulster Unionist Party MLA for East Antrim, has welcomed a commitment by Transport NI to provide enhancements to existing signage and road markings in Raloo but spoken of his dissapointment that his request for anti-slip surfacing to be added at the crossroads in the village has not been acted upon.
Mr Beggs MLA said “I contacted Transport NI following a recent accident where a car was struck by a vehicle which failed to stop at the crossroads and crashed into the Presbyterian church wall. This endangered a life of a family. It had come to light from discussions that I had with a number of residents that cars frequently failed to stop at this junction, particularly when travelling from the Ballyfore Road direction along the Crosshill Road to the Tureagh Road junction.”
In correspondance with Transport NI, the UUP MLA had requested that they would “urgently review the signage at the junction to improve the visibility and the awareness that a crossroads is approaching. In particular, I would ask that you would consider utilising additional road marking and consider items such as anti-slip surfacing and rumble strips to increase the awareness of this settlement and traffic junction.”
A Transport NI advised that , “Transport NI has carreid out a review of this rural crossroads. In the first instance, enhancements to the existing signage and road markings will be undertaken.”
Roy Beggs MLA added “I welcome the work that has been agreed in relation to the signange and road markings but repeat my call for anti-slip surfacing in the area. The scheduled works will make the crossroads a safer place for all. The current stop sign is outset and cannot be seen from a distance. There is clearly a need to improve the signage at the junction”