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Martin welcomes speed limit review for Groomsport A2

Monday 27th January 2014

For a number of years there have been concerns about the 60 miles per hour speed limit set on the A2 bypass round Groomsport. When the road was laid down in was not then imagined that would eventually be fairly extensive housing development along its route. Now with houses in Cove Bay and Groomsport House, some of whom have young families, there are growing concerns regarding these developments leading out onto a 60 mph speed limit. Many residents are now calling for a reduction in the speed limit to 40mph.

For a number of years there have been concerns about the 60 miles per hour speed limit set on the A2 bypass round Groomsport. When the road was laid down in was not then imagined that would eventually be fairly extensive housing development along its route. Now with houses in Cove Bay and Groomsport House, some of whom have young families, there are growing concerns regarding these developments leading out onto a 60 mph speed limit. Many residents are now calling for a reduction in the speed limit to 40mph. 

Cllr Peter Martin 

“I was approached by a number of Groomsport residents concerning the 60 mph current speed limit. I wrote to Roads Service regarding this issue and they have agreed to carry out a full review of the current speed limit, this is naturally to be welcomed. I would also like to thank them for agreeing to meet me, and my constituents, on the A2 last week to see the problem first hand. The A2 was designed and the speed limit set because it was meant to be a bypass but now many people both young and old alike are living beside it. I believe there is a public safety aspect to be considered here and action needs to be taken” 

Mr Roger Irvine (resident) 

“I know that in speaking to many fellow residents we are extremely concerned that the current 60mph restriction is not sufficient considering the amount of traffic that now turns directly off this route. This particular stretch of road is similar to that of many other comparable areas where a greater restriction is currently in place. It is also now a busy pedestrian traffic area which includes many children, for whom this is the only paved route into the village. We would hate to ever have to witness a serious accident outside our doorsteps when we know that preventative action could have been taken

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