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‘Disgraceful’ situation on north Armagh road simply cannot continue

A north Armagh road and adjacent pathway has been branded a disgrace.

And the situation on the Derrymacash Road in Lurgan simply cannot continue according to Sinn Fein councillor Catherine Nelson.

“I have yet again contacted the Department for Infrastructure with regards to the Derrymacash Road,” she explained.

“In particular the stretch leading from the M1 Motorway Bridge to the built up area of Fox Grove/Island Grove.”

She added: “We have lobbied extensively for lighting on this stretch of road but to no avail. This is a popular and much used thorough-way to shops, the local school, chapel and GAA club.

“In addition the condition of the road is poor – many cars swerving to miss the cracks and holes in the road. Resurfacing is absolutely vital.”

Mrs Nelson said the pathway is also “a disgrace” and that some parts of the pathway have collapsed causing it to blend with the road.

She continued: “Other parts of the pathway are so overgrown with hedges that pedestrians – including young children and parents with prams – are forced out onto this unlit, pot hole filled road

“I have asked for an urgent assessment of this stretch of road – reviewing both its condition and the need for lighting. I have also requested that the hedges that line the pathway are cut back ASAP and that the path itself is scheduled for maintenance.

“I was delighted to get confirmation, following a meeting with Roads Service on Monday evening, that the hedges lining the footpath along the Derrymacash Road will be cut back.

“Remedial works will also be carried out on the path. A welcomed start but much more needs done.”

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