McLaughlin welcomes new traffic measures on Strand Road

Wed, 05/05/2021 - 16:32 -- Editor

SDLP Foyle MLA Sinéad McLaughlin has welcomed action to remove the risk of a serious traffic accident on Derry's Strand Road, following agreement for cars queueing to access McDonald's drive through being facilitated on the Fort George site. She said: "I congratulate the Department for Communities' North West office and the McDonald's franchise for coming to an agreement for cars queueing to access the drive through to do so on Fort George. While this is a long way short of the hoped for use of Fort George, it is a pragmatic and sensible solution to an immediate and serious problem. "I raised my concerns with the Department for Communities, McDonald's and the Department for Instructure - and through DfI, the police - earlier this year, calling for urgent action to prevent what I regarded as a high risk of a serious traffic accident on Strand Road, as a result of cars backing up along Strand Road. On some occasions, cars were queueing across the roundabout at the junction with Culmore Road and Buncrana Road. It was only a matter of time before this would lead to a very serious incident.  "I suggested as a solution that McDonald's be provided with access to the site across Fort George, to prevent road accidents as a result of the queueing. I am very pleased that this has now been facilitated. "However, I look forward to the Fort George site being properly developed, in line with the aspirations and expectations of the people of Derry. It remains a site of immense potential which could, and should, create large numbers of jobs and form an attractive part of the regenerated city river front."