Plans for Woodgreen collision remedial scheme available to view

Cllr Beth Adger. INBT 22-145JC
Cllr Beth Adger. INBT 22-145JC

Proposed plans for a collision remedial scheme at Woodgreen and Cromkill on the A26 Lisnevenagh Road could be brought to a venue in the area for viewing by local residents, TransportNI Northern Division’s Network Development Manager Alan Keys has said.

He was speaking at the June meeting of Mid and East Antrim Council’s Community Planning Committee in response to an appeal from Cllr Beth Adger for a public meeting to inform and update local people on the proposed £45k scheme.

A recent safety review of the A26 between Dunsilly and Ballee highlighted two sites in the Mid & East Antrim section of the route where, after analysis of the collisions history, a common causation factor was identified that could be treated with remedial measures.

The report was presented to local MLA’s and Mid and East Antrim Council members in April 2016 who gave their support to the recommendations.

However, Cllr Adger told Mr Keys: “A lot of residents in that area are very annoyed that they haven’t been contacted to tell them what is happening”.

Mr Keys said the drawings and proposals were available for public viewing at County Hall but could also be brought to a venue in the locality of the scheme such as a community hall or school if that could be arranged.

Details contained in TransportNI’s Northern Division annual report for 2016-17 which was presented to the Committee confirmed that plans have now been developed to ban the right turn out of Woodgreen Road and Maine Road, with drivers wishing to make this manoeuvre required to turn left and travel along the A26 to the next opening in the central reservation and make a ‘U’ turn.

At the Cromkill Road/A26 junction the central reservation will be closed completely with traffic wishing to travel towards Antrim required to use the viable alternative route of Ballee Road East and Ballee roundabout.