Ballygroobey Roundabout: Safety Barriers

Oral Answers to Questions — Infrastructure – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 3:00 pm on 28th November 2016.

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Photo of Trevor Clarke Trevor Clarke DUP 3:00 pm, 28th November 2016

5. Mr Clarke asked the Minister for Infrastructure to outline his plans to install safety barriers at the Randalstown Road exit of the Ballygroobey roundabout. (AQO 763/16-21)

Photo of Christopher Hazzard Christopher Hazzard Sinn Féin

My Department’s Transport NI is aware of a number of collisions in the vicinity of the Ballygrooby roundabout, including loss-of-control incidents for vehicles exiting the roundabout onto the A6 Castle Road travelling towards Antrim. Following an investigation of the causes, a scheme is being developed to provide high-friction surfacing and an amended white-lining layout on the exit towards Antrim from the Ballygrooby roundabout to address loss-of-control incidents. It is anticipated that that work will be completed in early 2017.

As part of the investigation into collisions at the roundabout, an assessment was carried out for the provision of additional vehicle-restraint systems on the exit from the roundabout towards Antrim. The location, however, did not meet the criteria for a scheme proposal to be taken forward. There are therefore no plans to provide additional vehicle-restraint systems at the roundabout at this time. It should be borne in mind that vehicle-restraint systems are used to protect the occupants of a vehicle from striking an off-road hazard after loss of control of the vehicle. The provision of high-friction surfacing is aimed at preventing loss of control of the vehicle in the first place.

Photo of Trevor Clarke Trevor Clarke DUP

I thank the Minister for his answer. The Minister will appreciate that I travel the road daily. All the accidents happen on the Randalstown Road section where there are no safety restraints. Those that there are were placed on a section of the road where there are no hazards. Would the Minister, through his office, review the original decision to put in the vehicle-restraint systems, with a view, if they are in the wrong place, to putting in a more adequate mechanism than high-friction surfacing in the area where most of the accidents happen?

Photo of Danny Kennedy Danny Kennedy Deputy Speaker

I ask the Minister to give a speedy answer.

Photo of Christopher Hazzard Christopher Hazzard Sinn Féin

The logic applied to previous questions was that prevention is better than cure. In this instance, we have engineered solutions that have the highest impact. I have no problem, when the works are complete in the next couple of months, in corresponding again with the Member and looking at this again if he feels that there is still a problem.

Photo of Danny Kennedy Danny Kennedy Deputy Speaker

That ends the period for listed questions. We move on to 15 minutes of topical questions.