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Carrickmore residents discuss speed concerns

ANGRY Carrickmore residents have voiced concerns about the dangers of the Malabhui Road to members of the Department of Infrastructure Roads, at a consultation in the village on Tuesday morning.

According to locals, Malabhui is very heavily trafficked road, with lorries and other vehicles using it as a thoroughfare to avoid Carrickmore town centre. It has also been noted that in some instances, lorries have mounted the footpath on the narrow thoroughfare.

With a lot of young children living in the area, chronic speeding issues was the key point of concern which residents put to the roads body this week.

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Although there are speed ramps already on the road, residents explained these do little to make those in larger vehicles reduce their speed.
At the consultation, a relocation of the current ramps were proposed to help minimise speeding in the residential area.

“The ramp is right outside our door and at four in the morning you can hear this almighty bang because the speed ramp doesn’t slow lorries down, and whatever is in the back is bouncing around,” said Malabhui resident Gerard Donnelly.

“Yes, it works for cars, but lorries don’t stop. There are lots of young children running about during the day, even on the footpath and all it takes is for something to bounce off a lorry as they go over the ramps or lose a bit of control for something bad to happen.”

Having met with members of the DfI Roads in June, local councillor for the area Catherine Kelly invited officials back to Carrickmore on Tuesday to speak with residents about their worries.

“The residents on the road are very concerned about the safety of the children. There are lorries mounting the footpath on the Malabhui Road because it is not wide enough for cars to pass one another and with children walking to and from school this is a serious safety issue,” said Cllr Kelly.

“We are hoping more safety precautions are put in place for residents but especially for the children of Malabhui.”

At the time of going to press the Department for Infrastructure had not responded for a request to comment.

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