Road tragedy fears

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Road tragedy fears thumbnailThe National Trust trialled traffic management measures last summer to tackle long waiting times for visitors to the tourist attraction.

A CONCERNED councillor has urged Transport NI to take urgent action to prevent a tragedy on the coast road between Ballintoy and Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge.
UUP Councillor Joan Baird, who lives in Ballintoy, said parking last summer on the Knocksoughy Hill had caused "an extreme hazard."
The National Trust, who own the bridge, stopped cars entering the site when their car park was full.
Cllr Baird claimed motorists intending to visit the famous tourist attraction either had to drive off or park on the roadway, adjacent to the steep bend.
Raising her concerns at a full council meeting on Tuesday, November 22, Cllr Baird: "It's not just local farmers who are at risk but people trying to get past this traffic; it's really dangerous. It blocks emergency services and if this parking situation continues for another year we will end up with a tragedy."
She asked Transport NI officials, who attended the meeting, if they were liaising with the National Trust "to try and have this situation resolved before next summer."


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