THE Sinn Fein delegation who attended yesterday's meeting at Marlborough House: John O'Dowd MLA, Conor Murphy MLA, Sinead Ennis MLA, Chris Hazzard MP, Cathal Boylan MLA and Mickey Brady MP.
SINN Féin has welcomed positive discussions with the Department for Infrastructure (DfI) on progress of the A1 road improvement scheme.
Speaking after yesterday’s meeting in Marlborough House, Craigavon, with the Roads Southern Senior Management team, South Down MP Chris Hazzard commented: “I want to thank DfI Roads for taking the initiative in organising this very constructive briefing on the A1 Phase 2 Improvement Scheme and I know myself and all my Sinn Féin colleagues found it a very useful exercise.
“More than 40,000 vehicles commute along this stretch of carriageway on a daily basis making the A1 a strategically important transport corridor; yet the existing road layout and mix of agricultural and local traffic criss-crossing the carriageway at dozens of locations along the route undoubtedly increases the risk of a collision.
“DfI Roads are moving forward with a significant scheme designed at addressing many of these engineering issues - including four new grade separated junctions; 21 improved access points; nine road closures and enhanced central reservation safety barriers.
“Whilst these improvements will undoubtedly improve road safety and route consistency along the A1; they will of course take time to pass through the statutory processes before construction is complete.
“With this in mind we have asked DFI Roads to explore ways in which additional signage or driver awareness initiatives can be implemented in the meantime to improve the existing road safety features and help raise drivers’ awareness.
“Sinn Féin look forward to working with DFI Roads in the time ahead to ensure the successful implementation of this scheme and would again appeal to road users on the A1 to be mindful of the particular road dangers that exist and reduce their speed appropriately.”
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