Speed measures agreed for busy Daly’s Brae junction

Daly's Brae resident Peter McCafferty struggles to get out onto the main Glenshane Road earlier this year.
Daly's Brae resident Peter McCafferty struggles to get out onto the main Glenshane Road earlier this year.

A senior development manager at Transport NI has confirmed that different coloured road surfacing will be introduced as a speed management measure at the busy Daly’s Brae and Glenshane Road junction at Altnagelvin.

Des McFarlane, a network development manager, at TransportNI’s Western Division, wrote to Waterside SDLP MLA Martin Reilly, after the local representative raised safety concerns with officials in February.

Mr McFarlane wrote that the proposed works will “likely include provision of a different colour to carriageway surface on the approach to 30 miles per hour cross over and gateway type 30 miles per hour speed limit signs.”

Meanwhile, the PSNI will continue to clamp down on speeding in the area and the Northern Ireland Community Safety Partnership has authorised the deployment of a safety camera within the 30 miles per hour limit from Daly’s Brae to Altnagelvin Roundabout.

Once the new road markings are in place a survey of traffic will also be conducted.

Mr Reilly welcomed the move.

The Waterside councillor had made representations to Transport NI after receiving a petition from concerned residents in the area.

Following Transport NI’s reply he said: “I want to pay tribute to all those who backed the petition for action as the junction of Daly’s Brae and the very busy Glenshane Road needed attention.

“I welcome the response I have received confirming that Transport NI accept that action needs to be taken.

“Part of the solution is likely to include a different colour of tarmac surface as people approach the 30mph crossover.

“This will better alert drivers to the fact that they are in a 30 miles per hour zone which should reduce the likelihood of collisions at this location.

“Improved safety for all road users has to be the primary objective, and as this road carries approximately 20,000 vehicles a day I welcome this commitment from Transport NI to address the concerns of local residents.”