New Road Safety Measures at Glenoe

Local Ulster Unionist MLA Roy Beggs Jnr has welcomed the introduction of high friction surfacing at a bad bend on the Ballywillan road in Glenoe. This popular B class road between Larne and Carrickfergus is colloquially known a s the ‘Seven Sisters’ . Contractors working for DRD Roads Service have been applying the rumble safety surface this week. This follows correspondence and a meeting on site last Autumn arranged by the Ulster Unionist Party office and attended by Roads Service and police personnel
Roy Beggs MLA said:
“The Ballywillan Road or the Seven Sisters as it is commonly known, has had quite a lot of safety measures introduced over recent years: warning signs and chevrons on bend approaches, and the full resurfacing of the road itself. Despite this, there was spate of accidents last summer- 5 in as many weeks where cars left the road, and ended up in a local farmer’s field. Luckily no one was seriously hurt, and because damage only collisions are not recorded by the PSNI there was no accident data available that might allow consideration of this bend under the Collision Remedial Programme. This priority roads safety programme requires a minimum of 4 collisions involving personal injury to be considered.
Nevertheless after visiting the site, Police and Roads Service were persuaded of the special circumstances in this case and have taken the step of approving the high friction surfacing near the bend where the accidents were occurring. This will not eliminate the possibility of accidents but will hopefully significantly lessen the chances. I would urge motorists to take care and not be caught out on this otherwise straight country road.”

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