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Glassdrummond Road an “Accident waiting to happen” -Cllr Terry Hearty

Terry Hearty | Newry Armagh Sinn Fein
Cllr Terry Hearty has warned that the current cold winter conditions are making roads such as the   Glassdrummond Road bear Crossmaglen as  “accidents waiting to happen”
The Slieve Gullion Councillor said,
“When you live and travel on the Glassdrummond Road you know of the dangers of frost. The fine surface with area full of water springs, and the fact that the gullies have not been cleaned for over four years mean that conditions along this road is an accident waiting to happen”
The Sinn Féin elected representative explained
“ Last Friday morning this road was like an ice rink, even though traffic was crawling, vehicles were still sliding.  It is estimated that 300 children a day are collected or  travel along this road by bus or car to their respective local primaries or schools in Crossmaglen and Newry. However winter and surface conditions mean there are now many mornings that the Translink Bus cannot travel along tge Glassdrummond Road due to safety concerns”.
The local Councillor continued,
“I have been lobbying for years to have this road gritted and eventually the Department for Infrastructure (DfI) Roads Service agreed to what they call, secondary gritting. This happens when the main network is complete. However most of the time this “secondary gritting” happens far to late  and the children are in the school, when it is too late”.
Concluding Councillor Hearty said,
“I reckon it would cost between £40 to £50 to grit amthis road, failure to do so is putting the lives of 300 children at risk. No cost can be put on a persons life. There needs to be fresh thinking and gritting policy changes to reflect the fact that weather and climate  conditions are changing. The current approach by Roads Service is outdated and is potentially endangering people”.