Right turn bans considered at junctions on Lisnevenagh Road

The Woodgreen Junction on the Lisnevenagh Road which has been the scene of numerous traffic collisions over the years. Pic Pacemaker
The Woodgreen Junction on the Lisnevenagh Road which has been the scene of numerous traffic collisions over the years. Pic Pacemaker

A ban on right turns out of Woodgreen, Maine and Cromkill Roads are among safety measures being considered for the A26 Lisnevenagh Road.

Details emerged at a workshop organised by Mid & East Antrim Policing & Community Safety Partnership (PCSP) to address road safety concerns around the A26 Woodgreen junction which was held in collaboration with Mid & East Antrim Borough Council, the PSNI and TransportNI.

Briefing participants on the recently concluded Traffic Safety Review of the A26 Lisnevenagh Road, Transport NI’s Network Development Manager, Alan Keys, explained that an average of 37,000 vehicles travelled the Lisnevenagh Road every day.

Mr Keys said there were three traffic collisions resulting in the loss of life between February 2015 and February 2016 which, he said, “is a major concern for TransportNI”.

He said: “A review of the collisions along the route focused attention on four distinct junctions on the A26 which were analysed for the introduction of remedial measures.”

Mr Keys told the workshop that the next steps for TransportNI were to review signage and reassess the street lighting at the Barnish Road and Creavery Road Junction and that, in addition, draft legislation was being prepared and that designs were currently underway for the prohibition of right turns out of the Woodgreen, Maine and Cromkill Roads.

Mr. Keys also explained that public consultation would be required regarding the proposed prohibitions and that the PCSP and Mid and East Antrim Borough councillors should support the proposals for them to proceed.

Describing the workshop as “an opportunity for an interagency approach” to the issue, PCSP Chairman Alderman Gregg McKeen

assured those in attendance of the PCSP and councillors’ support of the proposals in any forthcoming consultations.