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Collisions prompt repeated calls for traffic calming measures in Meigh and Forkhill

Cllr Liz Kimmins and Chairperson of Toal Harte Sinn Féin Cumann (Killeavey), Enda Hughes pictured on Forkhill Road Cloughogue
Cllr Liz Kimmins and Chairperson of Toal Harte Sinn Féin Cumann (Killeavy), Enda Hughes pictured on Forkhill Road Cloughogue

A number of collisions in recent months has prompted further calls for traffic calming measures in Meigh and Forkhill.

In the Cloughoge area, the ‘Kill Your Speed, Not Our Residents’ continues but local Sinn Fein representatives say more needs to be done to tackle the problem.

Councillor Liz Kimmins says that the campaign for the Department for Infrastructure (DfI) to introduce traffic calming measures on the main Forkhill Road, which runs through Cloughoge, remains a high priority for her.

The recently re-elected councillor made her comments after members of the local Toal / Harte Sinn Féin Cumann, which covers the Killeavy area, highlighted the ongoing concerns  of local residents about the issue.

Outlying the issues involved, councillor Kimmins explained: “Over the last number of years I have been lobbying Dept for Infrastructure to implement traffic calming measures particularly on the main Forkhill Road through Cloughogue.

“There are concerns about speeds of many vehicles in what is a designated 40 mph zone.

“The Department for Infrastructure Roads Service in response to the raising of concerns put in place some measures to advise drivers of the speed limits but this has not resolved the problem.”

She added: “There have been numerous collisions along this road, and it is extremely dangerous for pedestrians.

“My family and I have lived on this road for many years and know only too well the dangers faced by the local community on a daily basis.

“Similarly in Meigh there have been a number of collisions in the last few months, and I have also contacted DFI Roads Service regarding this, specifically at the crossroads at the entrance to the village.

“I commend my colleagues in the Toal / Harte Cumann for their efforts. Our ongoing campaign to urge drivers to ‘Kill Your Speed’ will ensure that this important issue which has caused concern to many living along this stretch of road, remains out in the public.”

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