Cochrane shows DRD Minister the road dangers at schools

As part of her sustained efforts to improve road safety in East Belfast, particularly in the vicinity of local schools, Alliance MLA Judith Cochrane welcomed the Regional Development Minister Danny Kennedy to Campbell College, to show the Minister first-hand the road dangers and challenges faced by many school children and residents on a daily basis.

Located at arguably one of the busiest traffic-flow intersections in East Belfast, the main entrance to Campbell College sits adjacent to a roundabout connecting four arterial routes, two of which are roads with speed limits of 40mph and over.

While in recent years the Department for Regional Development has provided a significant amount of funding for signage and other measures under the Travelwise NI Safer Routes to School (SRS) programme, Judith has been in correspondence with the Minister to raise the number of near misses reported and request that his department reassess road safety options for the area.

Following previous meetings and constructive dialogue with local residents and school principal, Mr Robert Robinson MBE, Judith invited the Minister to visit the site in order to assess the dangers for himself, and the Minister has pledged to give renewed consideration to the area. Plans for a pelican crossings at the school entrance opposite Hawthornden Road have now been added to the Belfast area priority list.

Judith Cochrane MLA said: “While road safety measures to protect drivers and pedestrians are of vital importance to ensure the wellbeing of all those using our roadways and footpaths, nowhere is the more significant than in the vicinity of our local schools.

“As a mother of two, I understand that the safety of our children and young people must be a priority in any infrastructure and transport considerations, and so I am grateful to the Minister for meeting with me and taking the time to see for himself the particular dangers in these areas.

“I have also been in on-going communication with both Roads Service and the PSNI with respect to speeding and traffic management in the area around Greenwood Primary School, also located on a main arterial route, and as a result the school has been added to the Safer Routes to School scheme.”


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