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Two openings to be closed off and central safety barrier confirmed as A1 campaign paying dividends

Proposals to close up two more openings on the A1 are in the pipeline.

The Department for Infrastructure has confirmed the works in writing.

Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council was presented with a copy of the correspondence at its monthly meeting on Monday night.

The announcement comes after renewed demands for remedial works to improve safety along the notorious road.

Earlier this month families who lost loved ones on the A1 carriageway stepped up their campaign to secure improvements to prevent any further tragedy along this notorious road.

The necessary 10,000 people signed a petition, launched alongside a dedicated Facebook page aptly named: A1:How Many Must Die?, to forge a government response.

Grieving friends and families like Monica Heaney – who lost her son Karl in a tragic collision in May – were demanding work be done before any more lives are lost.

Karl, 27, died after a collision between Dromore and Banbridge, as he travelled back from training with Newry Mitchels GFC to his home in Carryduff.

Monica told Armagh I the families are hoping to meet with the Department tomorrow (Wednesday).

She described the move to act as “great news”.

Campaigners feel priority must be given to the installation of a central safety barrier along the A1, with all crossing points in the central reserve along this stretch of the A1 closed permanently.

Work started seven years ago on an eight-stage plan to deliver this, but amazingly only two stages have been completed and more lives lost needlessly since.

Now the Department for Infrastructure has confirmed proposals for a ‘phase two road improvement scheme’ on the A1.

The correspondence – from Southern Division Lands Section – has highlighted intentions to ‘stop up’ two openings in the central median.

The first of these is on the A1 Dromore bypass, between the Banbridge Road junction and Lower Quilly Road, Dromore. The second is on the A1 Dromore Road, between Glen Road and the Dromore Road junction, at Hillsborough.

The letter to council confirms details of the works proposed and asks if there are any objections.

According to the Department: “Stopped up areas within the central reservation are to be grassed over and a continuous central safety barrier will be installed along the route.

“Detours will be via the Banbridge Road junction, Dromore, and Maypole Hill at Dromore bypass, and Dromore Road, Hillsborough Junction and Glen Road at Hillsborough.”

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