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‘No immediate plans’ for more Poyntzpass traffic calming despite residents’ concerns

There had been calls for some measures to be put in place to slow down traffic passing through the village, as well as a zebra crossing from the shop to the play park on the Tandragee Road.

There are no immediate plans for any further traffic calming measures in Poyntzpass despite safety concerns raised by some local residents.

There had been calls for some measures to be put in place to slow down traffic passing through the village, as well as a zebra crossing from the shop to the play park on the Tandragee Road.

But according to Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon, there are already traffic calming features in place.

And she says it has not been deemed appropriate for additional measures.

However, at the same time, she says she will ask officials to look again at the area.

Minister Mallon was responding to a question tabled by Newry and Armagh SF MLA Cathal Boylan.

She said: “I can advise that this location already has a number of traffic calming measures in place including a 30mph speed limit, a village gateway sign with associated 30mph roundel on red surfacing, a pedestrian island, central hatching, school flashing warning signs with associated school ahead road marking on red surfacing and a Speed Indicator Device (SID) erected by the local council alerting drivers to their speed.

“As this is an A class road, the provision of vertical deflection (traffic calming humps) would not be appropriate.

“Such measures are ordinarily restricted to residential streets/developments/estates and are not generally used on roads whose primary function is to facilitate through traffic.

“However, I have asked my officials to carry out an assessment to determine if any further safety measures would be appropriate, including the provision of a crossing.”

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