Said Mr Gallagher: “I have been inundated with complaints regarding the issue of large HGV lorries using Eglinton
village as a short cut to Foyle Port.
“With the current lack of government in Stormont there is no Department of Infrastructure Minister in place, so I recently wrote to the Permanent Secretary at the DFI and asked them to implement a weight restriction on the B118 road to stop the constant flow of HGVs through Eglinton village (with exemptions for lorries servicing local amenities).
“A weight restriction on the road would finally provide peace and quiet to residents and would be an immediate and cost-effective solution.
“I received a disappointing response from the Permanent Secretary recently via the Divisional Roads Manger Western Division.
“DFI have said that they plan to do a traffic survey later this year once traffic stabilises following the recent opening of the new A6.
“Residents I have spoken to have expressed further anger and frustration at this inadequate response.
“I have today invited the Permanent Secretary to visit Eglinton and see first-hand the problems that residents are experiencing and to hear from the residents themselves.
“Residents have told me of cupboards and windows rattling throughout the day, and into the night, and of having sleeping children woken in tears as these large HGVs pass their homes.
“The degeneration of the road itself, and surface signage highlighting a local primary school, is clear to see for all and this issue cannot wait for a survey that will only confirm what is already known.
“Residents look forward to meeting urgently with the Permanent Secretary and discussing the situation in order to get an immediate resolution to address this two-decade old problem.”Tags: