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Game Of Thrones Dark Hedges road markings a mistake, admit red-faced officials

By Nevin Farrell

Published 10/02/2016

A man cycles through the Dark Hedges
A man cycles through the Dark Hedges
Tourists at the famous landmark before the mistake

Red-faced officials have admitted white lines should not have been painted on the famous Dark Hedges road, which was made famous around the world by Game Of Thrones.

The traffic markings have altered the appearance of an atmospheric beauty spot hugely popular with visitors to north Antrim.

The captivating trees are one of the most photographed natural landmarks in the province, particularly since they formed the backdrop for a scene in the HBO global television hit show.

However, in recent days the broken white lines appeared in the middle of the Bregagh Road near Armoy, the location of the Dark Hedges.

And within hours of officials being contacted, highway chiefs held their hands up and admitted the white lines were painted by mistake.

They have pledged to remove them today.

But people who love the Dark Hedges are insisting that when the traffic markings are burned off, unsightly scorch marks should not be allowed to remain, and the way to ensure that is to resurface the road.

If that proves to be the case, it's a mistake that could end up costing a substantial amount.

Photographer Angela Cunning said: "We were all shocked when these lines appeared as it totally changes the type of picture you can take there, and hopefully the lines will go soon."

Mayor of Causeway Coast & Glens Borough Council Michelle Knight-McQuillan said the lines should be gone by today - weather permitting.

"They were not part of the contract of recent works there and the contractor continued the white line beyond road end by mistake, apparently. Hopefully removal can be done without trace," she said.

A DRD spokeswoman said: "The department cannot provide costs for the removal of these lines due to the commercial sensitivity of our contractor's rates.

"We can, however, advise that the removal of this white line over this short stretch of road is a relatively low cost activity."

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