MORE than 1,000 people have signed a petition calling for changes to the Brownstown Road/Armagh Road junction in Portadown.
The residents want to meet DRD Minister Danny Kennedy as they try to have the entire scheme “reassessed and fixed”.
At Monday night’s council meeting, Councillor Gladys McCullough said, “This scheme is causing major traffic jams and danger on the roads. It’s the first time I’ve ever seen traffic lights at the exit of a pub car park (The Chalet). It’s stupid and slows down traffic, but that’s just one element in this shambles.”
Holding up a sheaf of paper containing the petition to meet Mr Kennedy, Councillor Darryn Causby said that the residents had mobilised themselves. He said, “We were promised a meeting on August 1 and we’re still waiting. The traffic jams are so bad that people are hemmed in their own homes. It’s a farce and the Minister must intervene. One businessman is doing just a fifth of his original takings and is being put out of business.”
Up at the scene, local residents gathered for another protest, with George McCullough pointing out that former traffic lanes had been excluded from the project - “one at Brownstown Road and the other at Armagh Road, with the lights holding back traffic so long that it was jammed for hundreds of yards at Brownstown Road, Armagh Road and Mahon Road.
“The only one that changes quickly is the green man, and you’d have to be Usain Bolt to get across before it goes out. It’s unbelievable.
“The sooner we meet Danny Kennedy to try and make this junction safe and sensible, the better.”