Residents voice concerns over ‘risky’ junction

MLA William Irwin at the Drumnasoo Road junction.
MLA William Irwin at the Drumnasoo Road junction.

Concerns have been raised about visibility at a junction on the main Loughgall to Portadown Road.

Newry & Armagh DUP Assemblyman William Irwin said he had been approached by residents and road users on the dangers of accessing the Drumnasoo Road from the main Loughgall/Portadown Road.

Mr Irwin, who has been in contact with Transport NI officials, said there were “deep concerns” over the lack of visibility especially when approaching from the Loughgall side and turning right into Drumnasoo Road.

He said, “Having driven the road many times it is a concern I share fully. Traffic approaching from the Portadown direction is not visible for those waiting to turn right until the very last second and I feel it is important that Transport NI officials look closely at this location and seek to make improvements.

“This particular stretch of road close to the Drumnasoo Road junction is very narrow and has sweeping bends and there is a certainly a case in my opinion for much needed improvements to enable drivers to see oncoming vehicles much earlier than is currently the case.”

He concluded, “As one road users stated to me “you take a chance at this junction” and that is the reality at this time. However it is not good enough that drivers and passengers are placed at this risk and I will be raising my concerns with Transport NI officials.” to lobby for improvements.”