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Councillors re-iterate call for traffic calming measures after fatal crash on Co Down road

The scene on the Saintfield Road in Carryduff where a man was knocked down and killed on Thursday. Picture by Hugh Russell

COUNCILLORS have called for traffic calming measures along a Co Down road where a man was knocked down and killed.

The Saintfield Road in south Belfast is one of the busiest roads in Northern Ireland and the main thoroughfare connecting Belfast with south Down.

On Thursday, a man died in a crash on the upper end of the road, leading into Carryduff, close to its junction with Baronscourt Road.

It is understood the man, believed to be a pensioner, was attempting to cross the road at around 1.45pm when he was struck by the car.

Independent councillor Geraldine Rice said that she had lodged a motion at Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council requesting that the Department for Infrastructure "look at traffic in the whole area".

"I have asked for a full strategic plan for the traffic on the Saintfield Road because it is getting worse day by day, with about 1,000 new homes due to be built in the area."

Former Castlereagh Mayor, UUP councillor Michael Henderson, said that the introduction of traffic calming measures was "something that we have asked for for many years".

The Department for Infrastructure said "there are no current plans to provide traffic signals at this location".

"The department would, however, be content to meet with the community and local representatives to discuss road safety within the Carryduff area."

 

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