Monday start for improvements to traffic flow

The traffic junction at Edenderry. PT03-222
The traffic junction at Edenderry. PT03-222
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The latest move in the experiment to improve the traffic flow at Edenderry begins on Monday, with the right turn from the Carrickblacker Road direction into Watson Street banned - and the u-turn from the same direction towards Lurgan will also be halted.

Divisional roads manager Simon Richardson said, “This adjustment will increase the green light time for the four main lanes in and out of town by 70 per cent. Some 13,000 vehicles pass through Edenderry during any working day (8am-6pm) and just one per cent turn right from Carrickblacker Road into either Watson Street or towards Lurgan.” It will initially last for three weeks, and if the reactions are positive, an 18-month experimental period will follow. The move comes after roads officials consulted with the community, which had been complaining the new traffic lights system had caused more problems in Edenderry than they had solved.