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MLA warns of 'plague of accident blackspots' across Northern Ireland

By David Young

Published 18/06/2016

Sinn Fein's Chris Hazzard is Minister for the Department of Infrastructure.
Sinn Fein's Chris Hazzard is Minister for the Department of Infrastructure.

An MLA has warned of a 'plague of accident blackspots' across Northern Ireland.

UUP Infrastructure spokesperson Jenny Palmer called on Minister Chris Hazzard "to implement a proactive grass-cutting policy in both rural and urban areas otherwise an accident blackspot plague could be created." She also warned of "an alarming decrease" in the number of cuts of roadside verges.

She said: "The previous policy had been two grass cuts in rural areas and five urban cuts plus local agreements with councils regarding extra cutting.

"Unfortunately, this was reduced to one rural cut and one urban cut last year, and there was no funding for councils to conduct amenity cuts."

Mr Hazzard said: "The announcement of an additional £28m for my department is a welcome boost and a significant part will be used to improve rural roads and roads maintenance. I've asked officials to immediately enhance grass cutting, gully emptying and the repair of potholes right across the north."

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