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'Road verge grass cutting' on C and U class roads to start next week-Mc Guire

Published: 17 June, 2016

Sinn Féin Councillor Kieran McGuire has welcomed confirmation he has received that road verge grass cutting on rural C and U class roads in 'rural' Strabane will commence next week following an additional £5.3m secured by Infrastructure Minister Chris Hazard for roads maintenance and flood prevention in the June monitoring round.

He said,

"Understandably the main A and B class roads are prioritized when it comes to grass verge cutting, given the volume of traffic using these roads, and I welcome the fact verge cutting is now well underway on roads throughout the area.

"However, West Tyrone is predominantly rural and most roads throughout Strabane and Omagh are classified as minor C and U class roads and I been lobbying Transport NI on the increasingly overgrown nature of verges on these roads and at junctions in particular whereby in many cases sight lines have been obstructed compromising road safety as a result.

"This problem is perfectly illustrated in my own local area whereby following intensive lobbying a considerable amount of money was spent to improve the sight lines at dangerous junctions on the Maghernageeragh Road and at Aghyaran Crossroads but because grass has grown knee deep on the verges at both junctions the improvement work that had been carried out is being undermined.

"I therefore welcome the confirmation I received from the local Transport NI Section office today that as a result of the additional monitoring round funding for road maintenance, a contractor is now in place to commence rural C and U class road grass verge cutting next week with 2 cuts programmed for the year.