Alliance welcome commitment from DfI Roads on footpath maintenance

Alliance welcome commitment from DfI Roads on footpath maintenance

Councillor Eóin Tennyson

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Local Alliance Party representatives have welcomed a commitment from Department for Infrastructure officials regarding maintenance on the footpath along the main road between Dollingstown, through Magheralin, and onto Moira.

The commitment was made during a meeting Alliance had with the departmental officials on the 8th of September. An area supervisor will be carrying out an inspection of the footpath identifying the sections which require the verge to be scraped back to its original width.

Commenting on the matter Upper Bann Alliance representative Councillor Eóin Tennyson has said: “This commitment from the Department of Infrastructure regarding this maintenance work will come as welcome news to the many residents in Magheralin and Dollingstown who walk this stretch of footpath on a daily basis. In many places over a third of the original footpath is covered by verges or debris which makes walking a bit more risky, especially when you meet another walker on the path.

“In order to help tackle the climate crisis people are being encouraged to walk and cycle more, but in order for this to happen we have to ensure that safe, sustainable infrastructure is put in place so that residents feel comfortable making the switch to greener transport alternatives and making sure footpaths are well maintained in a basic building block of this.”

Local Alliance Councillor Peter Lavery added: “The footpath in question runs alongside a busy main road which carries a substantial amount of vehicular traffic. It is imperative that this maintenance work is completed urgently to ensure the safety of footpath users.

“The departmental officials did raise the issue that a traffic management plan would need to be put in operation while the scraping is taking place as it’s a busy road, which will complicate things and may delay the proposed works. However, I highlighted that was also a pressing reason why the scrapping needed to take place in the first place to ensure safe footpath width.”

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