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Campbell highlights deteriorating condition of Eskra roads

Published: 5 December, 2017

West Tyrone Sinn Fein Councillor Glenn Campbell has highlight Eskra roads concerns following site meeting

West Tyrone Sinn Fein Councillor Glenn Campbell has highlight Eskra roads concerns following site meeting

West Tyrone Sinn Féin Councillor Glenn Campbell has highlighted the deteriorating condition of roads in Eskra following a site meeting between local residents and DfI Roads last Wednesday (29/11/17).

Speaking following attendance at the site meeting on Altanaveragh Road in Eskra, Cllr Campbell said,

"This meeting provided an opportunity for local residents to raise their safety concern directly with DfI Roads. The Altanaveragh Road in Eskra carries a large volume of traffic, including a large number of HGVs. Heavy vehicles meeting on this road have no safe areas to pass and are increasingly using the roadside verge, which has resulted in deterioration of the verge and distruction of the water table. At the site meeting, we highlighted the need for passing bays and road realignment at a number of dangerous junctures.

Continuing, Cllr Campbell said,

"I share the concerns of local residents that a vehicle will leave the road due to the diminishing roadside verge. Visibility is poor in a number of locations along the road and some widening and realignment of the road would make the road safer for both drivers and pedestrians. The damage to the water table and drains along the road has also resulted a lot of surface water. This, combined with the muck pulled onto the road by lorries and other vehicles, makes driving conditions treacherous at times.

Concluding, Cllr Campbell said,

"The problems highlighted on Altanaveragh Road are prevalent across many roads in Eskra and West Tyrone. I have previously highlighted similar problems with deteriorating roadside verges on the Dunbiggan Road in Eskra and on the Shannargh Road in Dromore. These are problems that could easily be resolved and landowners are generally content to accommodate additional room for increased verges and passing bays. I am urging DfI Roads to take action to ensure our minor roads can safely accommodate all forms of vehicles, particularly HGVs and agricultural vehicles, which I appreciate have grown in size since and placed greater demands on our roads infrastructure."