Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 16 September 2014

Main road now ‘dangerous’

Ards Borough Council is to write to Roads Minister Conor Murphy calling on him to have the remaining part of Newtownards to Dundonald dual carriageway resurfaced.

The motion was proposed by Alliance Councillor Alan McDowell who said the road was in a dangerous condition, with loose stones breaking windscreens.

Mr McDowell said: “The Kempe Stones Road dual carriageway between Newtownards and Dundonald is one of the busiest roads in the Ards area, with tens of thousands of commuters using it each day.

“A number of cars have had their windscreens broken due to loose stones on this road and I have also called for a temporary speed limit until this resurfacing work is completed,” he said.

“I had raised the dangerous condition with the Roads Service on a number of occasions and was delighted when work started on the resurfacing of this main road. However, I and thousands who use this road, were disappointed when a large section between Newtownards and Dundonald was not resurfaced as Road Service funding had run out.

“At a recent meeting with Road Service, I complained that when patching was carried on the unfinished stretch, it was a waste of money, as it had only made thing worse. Then the snow and ice in December made things even worse, creating more potholes.

“I believe that this section of road is now in a very dangerous condition.”

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