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Wednesday, 25 November 2020

Roads Authority must put the foot down on speeding in Helen's Bay

Andrew Muir MLA at Craigdarragh Road, Helen’s Bay

North Down Alliance MLA Andrew Muir has welcomed the intervention of the Infrastructure Minister after Transport NI refused to consider installation of additional signage to curb speeding traffic along a key route in Helen’s Bay. 

The Alliance MLA contacted the Minister after being contacted by concerned residents with young children worried at speed of vehicles along both Craigdarragh Road and Fort Road in Helen’s Bay. 

Commenting on the issue, Andrew Muir MLA stated “As vehicles enter Helen’s Bay Village along the Craigdarragh Road speeds are meant to reduce to 30 mph but sadly this is not always the case with a real need to get new signage erected reminding motorists to reduce their speed. 

With a number of local residents making contact concerned about safety of pedestrians especially children and younger people I was profoundly disappointed our Roads Authority Transport NI refused to take action and therefore raised with the Infrastructure Minister. I am glad the Minister has thankfully intervened and requested a review of signage in the next few weeks. I would urge the Minister and the Roads Authority to ensure this review elicits action before it’s too late”.

AQW 8380/17-22

DATE FOR ANSWER: THURSDAY 22 OCTOBER 2020

Andrew Muir MLA (Alliance Party)

To ask the Minister for Infrastructure, in light of concerns expressed by local residents in relation to speeding, whether she will consider erecting additional signage on (i) Craigdarragh Road; and (ii) Fort Road, Helen’s Bay, to warn motorists of the 30mph speed limit.

ANSWER

The Highway Code for Northern Ireland states, at rule 124, that the presence of street lights indicates that a 30mph speed limit exists, unless otherwise specified. As Fort Road is within this street lit urban setting, repeater 30mph signs would not be considered appropriate.

Leaving Helens Bay, the Fort Road becomes the Craigdarragh Road and the speed limit changes along this road. I have asked officials to review signage on the Craigdarragh Road in the coming weeks to ensure that the speed limits are signed appropriately.

Where residents have concerns about speeding, I would encourage them to contact the PSNI who are the enforcement authority and can be contacted on their non-emergency number, 101.