politicians praise junction upgrade plan

UUP representatives Robin Swann MLA and Cllr William McNeilly pictured at Hiltonstown Road and Loan Road junctions outside Cullybackey following their meeting with the Road Service.
UUP representatives Robin Swann MLA and Cllr William McNeilly pictured at Hiltonstown Road and Loan Road junctions outside Cullybackey following their meeting with the Road Service.

Local MLA Robin Swann and Ballymena Councillor William McNeilly have described proposals for a major junction upgrade outside Cullybackey as “a massive boost for road safety”.

The plans centre on the introduction of upgraded and extended safety measures at the Hiltonstown Road and Loan Road junctions.

The local UUP politicians visited the site during the summer prior to requesting a meeting with Roads Service.

Cllr McNeilly said: “This section of the road has been notorious for accidents and has been the site of a number of very serious accidents, so I welcome the work which is proposed to be done.”

Mr Swann told The Times proposals coming from Roads Service will enhance the safety of the junction significantly” such as the proposed upgrading of signage which will include advance warning signs.

He added: “The addition of high friction surfacing and ‘jiggle bars’ and the replacement of the existing carriageway surface on the approaches of both roads to the junction, should all help to alert drivers of the upcoming junction.”