MLA holds public meeting on Moneymore's traffic problems

Traffic congestion is now a common sight after the opening of the Magherafelt bypass
Traffic congestion is now a common sight after the opening of the Magherafelt bypass

A public meeting is planned next Thursday to discuss Moneymore's traffic congestion.

Mid-Ulster Assembly Member Sandra Overend is inviting local residents concerned by the high levels of traffic congestion to the meeting at her constituency office 1 High Street, Moneymore, at 6pm.

The Ulster Unionist MLA has called on the Infrastructure Minister to progress plans for a bypass for the village.

“I have recently been contacted by a number of residents of Moneymore, including representatives of the Moneymore Heritage Trust, expressing serious concerns about the volume, speed and congestion of traffic in the village, particularly since the recent opening of the Magherafelt bypass," she said.

“Whilst the new Magherafelt bypass has already been a fantastic success in terms of reducing congestion in Magherafelt, unfortunately, as many locals predicted, the next travel bottleneck is proving to be in Moneymore.

"As my constituency office is located there, I am well aware of the levels of traffic that pass through daily, and indeed have already experienced tailbacks entering and leaving the village at peak times, with congestion on the main streets, which is exacerbated by parking issues.

“In light of this, I have written to the Infrastructure Minister, and asked him to meet with me, to discuss bringing forward proposals for a Moneymore bypass. I am pleased that the Minister has agreed to my request for a meeting.

“Ahead of meeting with the Minister, I am eager to hear as many views as possible on the traffic situation in Moneymore, and would encourage anyone interested to attend a public meeting in my office, 1 High Street, Moneymore, on Thursday, November 10, at 6pm.

"This could include comments on the need for a bypass, the suitability of the proposed route, increased parking facilities, speeding, difficulties for HGVs and buses travelling through Moneymore, or indeed any other issues relating to the roads infrastructure for the village. Everyone will be made most welcome.”