THE SDLP’s Mark H Durkan has welcomed the implementation of a new controlled pedestrian crossing and reduced speed limit of 40 mph at the Maydown Road.
The traffic calming measures on this busy thoroughfare was announced last week by Infrastructure Minister, Nichola Mallon to improve road safety in the area.
Said the Foyle MLA: “These roads safety improvements announced for the Maydown Road by Minister Mallon is good news for the area.
“I have raised concerns for several years on this issue and have worked closely with residents in the Strathfoyle area to relay their concerns regarding the dangers posed to pedestrians crossing the Maydown Road towards the bus stop and industrial estate.
“In attempts to filter onto the road, users are often putting themselves at risk on this particularly busy thoroughfare.
“It will be welcome news for many that the confirmed 40mph speed limit will apply from the Maydown Roundabout for 560 metres along the Maydown Road.
“The new speed restrictions alongside the Toucan crossing Toucan crossing, which will help school children safely cross four lanes to a bus pick up, will form part of a planned new cycle route currently being developed at Strathfoyle and will help encourage more walking and cycling in the area.
“As well as improving overall road safety these measures will provide much needed improved connectivity for the area.
“Creating a safer, accessible route for pedestrians and cycle routes that everyone can enjoy will go a long way in creating healthy, happier communities.”