Council to give submission to public inquiry after Alliance motion

Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council will make a formal written submission to an upcoming public inquiry after an Alliance motion was backed by all parties on the Council.

The A1 Junctions Phase Two public inquiry commences next month. A motion brought by Banbridge Councillor Brian Pope means the Council will now make a formal written submission to it, calling for an urgent upgrade to the road, which has seen a number of fatal accidents in recent years.

“We have continually pushed for increased safety measures on the A1 after a series of deaths and other accidents,” said Councillor Pope.

“It is therefore essential the submission to the A1 public inquiry calls for both the works to be brought forward as soon as possible and temporary road safety measures are installed as a matter of urgency on this dangerous road.

“Inclusion of the advanced road safety measures in the formal submission is important to demonstrate the urgency of the road safety works. Measures such as warning signage and the provision of safety barriers in the central reservation should be installed now.

“I welcome all other parties on the Council backing this motion and look forward to contributing to this vital public inquiry, which will hopefully be another step towards saving lives on this road.”