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Safety improvement work at accident ‘blackspot’ following resident’s story in the Courier

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

A STRETCH of road outside Dungannon which has witnessed numerous accidents over the past few years is to undergo safety improvement work.

The Courier featured the grave concerns of a resident along the busy Killyman Road two weeks ago.

He had made an impassioned plea to roads authorities to do something to improve safety along the road.

In his comments, he stated his belief that the series of accidents would "culminate in the loss of life" as a matter of inevitability.

And Transport NI has admitted that the road is "not up to modern day standards" and stated that serveral measures will be enforced in an effort to prevent further accidents at that corner, although they stated "a major realignment of this road is unlikely in the foreseeable future".

Signage and road marking will be increased and improved in the lead-up to the turn in both directions.

Transport NI have confirmed they will relocate existing bend warning signage on both approaches to the collision site, with 'SLOW' road markings also provided at each sign.

They will provide "continuous edge of carriageway lines" between the new warning signs to guide motorists and erect 10 chevron road signs on the outside of the corner adjacent to the collision site.

They stated they did not believe reducing the speed limit or installing ramps was appropriate.

And the roads officials also confirmed they believed the road surface to be in "good condition".

The announcement of the work was welcomed by DUP Dungannon Councillor Clement Cuthbertson, although he expressed his disappointment that a road realignment project is far from imminent.

He said: "I welcome the proposed work outlined in the Department's response to the need for improved safety on this stretch of road and am pleased to see work has already begun to implement these changes.

"Whilst I believe the changes which are going to be made will improve road safety at this accident black spot, I am disappointed a larger scheme of works, which would include road realignment and provision of a footpath, is not being considered at this stage."

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