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Roads body looks at solution for accident blackspot

Sinn Féin councillor Maolíosa McHugh, Órfhlaith Begley MP and West Tyrone MLA Michaela Boyle met with officials in Omagh to call for a solution to the accident blackspot at the Prospect Bar cross-roads at the Glebe

THE Roads Service has confirmed it is considering “a long-term solution” to one of Strabane’s most infamous accident blackspots.

The Prospect Bar cross-roads at the Glebe – which has witnessed a slew of collisions in recent years – will now become the focus of remedial works as the roads body attempts to mitigate against further collisions. Last month four accidents took place in the space of four weeks at the junction of Bellspark Road, Prospect Road and Orchard Road leading Sinn Féin councillor Maolíosa McHugh to request a meeting with officials from the Department for Infrastructure (DFI) Roads Service.

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Last week, accompanied by Órfhlaith Begley MP and West Tyrone MLA Michaela Boyle, Cllr McHugh met with officials in Omagh to press for a more comprehensive solution to the blackspot.

“The meeting was very productive and there is now an acceptance by officials that, despite the welcome improvements that have been made to the junction to date as a result of our previous lobbying including – improved sightlines, installation of warning signage and anti-skid surfacing on approaches to the junction – the junction still remains extremely dangerous as evidenced by a number of serious accidents and frequent near misses that have taken place despite these remedial measures. DFI Roads Service have agreed that a more comprehensive solution is needed to redress the situation and we were told that a number of different options are now being explored and we now look forward to a comprehensive plan for the junction to be brought forward as soon as practicably possible.”

For its part, a departmental spokesperson added, “Immediate consideration will be given to the possibility of introducing further signage or surface features to alert the motorist to the crossroads’ junction ahead.

“The department is also considering the most appropriate solution to improve the layout of the BellsPark Road/Orchard Road junction and also the BellsPark Road/ Prospect Road junction.”

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