THERE was a swift reaction on the Portadown Times Facebook page following Sunday night’s accident, with local residents calling for action on what they consider a highly dangerous stretch of road.
Naomi Lutton Muldrew - The volume of traffic that uses the road is huge and they speed up and down it. I will not let my daughter go to the Spar on her own as she has to cross the road and I am afraid of her getting knocked down and it appears my fears are not unfounded after what happened on Sunday evening. I think lobbying the council to put a set of traffic lights up is long overdue. It is one of the only main roads in the town with no traffic lights. Will it take someone to die, like with the Brownstown Road years ago? Michelle Gray - The lorries are the problem. They park on the footpath across from the Spar. My son was 10 last year and walking in front of me, when an articulated lorry (won’t mention name but there are two main offending companies) mounted the path and carried on driving despite my son being in plain sight. Linda Hamilton - I agree. The lorries park on the footpath and it makes it impossible for drivers to see coming out of the Spar.
Ellen Woods - The Spar is on a corner! Some sort of crossing is needed, preferably one that stop cars. I’ve nearly been knocked down twice as I thought it was safe to cross the street. Cars fly down that road.
Ellie May - People are parking on the road which is resulting in cars having to swing past them, endangering other drivers and members of the public on foot. Definitely a topic that needs to be addressed.
Karen Giles - I live close to the Spar and during peak church times it can be a total nightmare crossing the road with a young child. Due to the amount of cars parked on the road it makes seeing oncoming traffic difficult. I’m surprised there has not been more people hurt over the years.
Chris Leathem - I live about a mile out of town on the Loughgall Road and have to drive into town. Most cars seem to think it is a race track, lorries too. People seem to forget when you enter a built up area the speed limit is 30 unless otherwise stated. I couldn’t count the amount of times I have nearly been wiped out driving along that road.
Neil Robinson - I totally agree that there needs to be a pedestrian crossing or speed cushions sorted for that road as it runs through a built up residential area and lorries and cars do not seem to consider the fact that there are mainly kids and elderly people who cross that road to and from the shops, church and local school.
Jackie McClatchey - I was at the accident on Sunday and there were no cars parked at the time but I have seen cars parked there before. There needs to be better lights and a crossing.
Alistair Wright - Westland Road is a nightmare to cross day or night. There has to be something done about it fast before somebody else gets seriously injured or worse. I saw the accident and rushed over to the scene and it was a man I’ve known all my life. It was an awful experience. I wouldn’t normally write a comment but I have two young children and what I saw has to be brought to the attention of the local councillors now and not swept under the carpet.
Rab Bullick - We go to that church and people park on the road so they don’t have to sit in a queue to get out of the car park. Hard to get out of the car park at the best of times without the cars parked there.