Muir welcomes plans to review Speed Limit on Ballyrobert Road

Andrew Muir MLA at Ballyrobert Road where calls
are being made to extend 30mph Speed Restriction to

North Down Alliance MLA Andrew Muir has welcomed commitment obtained from the Infrastructure Minister to review speed limits along the Ballyrobert Road after a long campaign led by local residents to extend the 30mph restriction to cover entire Crawfordsburn Village area.

Commenting on the issue, Andrew Muir MLA stated “Concerns about the speed of traffic travelling along the Ballyrobert Road in the area already designated as Crawfordsburn Village have been well documented and reported over the years but not yet resulting in action by Transport NI to reduce the speed limit from 60 to 30 miles per hour.

I am disappointed that Transport NI has persistently refused to reduce the limit to 30mph from Clandeboye Avenue to the current restriction ending at Crawfordsburn Filling Station despite many requests and motion jointly proposed by Alderman Marion Smith and I at Ards and North Down Borough Council. With many houses now built extending along the Ballyrobert Road to the Clandeboye Way it’s vital speed limits are reduced for the entire area designated as Crawfordsburn Village to avoid real risk of people being injured or worse as a result of cars proceeding at 60 mph in what is now a built up urban area.

Intervention of the Infrastructure Minister requesting that a new assessment is undertaken is therefore welcome after I raised the matter in a formal Assembly Question posed to Minister Mallon. I urge the Minister and Transport NI to fully consider the issue afresh and bring forward the much needed changes essential to safeguarding safety of local residents”