Junction Upgrade Gets Underway
February 4, 2019
Work has now started on the long-awaited upgrade to the Knockmore/Ballinderry Road junction.
The improvement works will include new traffic lights and the creation of additional lanes to facilitate better traffic movement.
Developers moved on site last week to deliver the upgrade on behalf of the Department of Infrastructure (DFI) which is expected to take six months to complete.
Local residents and elected representatives have long campaigned and lobbied developers and government departments for improvements to a number of junctions now due to take place along the Knockmore Road corridor.
Speaking as the works began, Chairman of the Council’s cross party LD1 Brokerstown Lands Steering Group, Alderman William Leathem, said that at long last drivers and pedestrians would begin to see the benefit from the new junctions.
“The Knockmore Road is one of our main arterial routes in and out of Lisburn and it is critical that these works have now started to improve safety and ease traffic pressures in the area.
“Across the Council we fully appreciate residents’ concerns and public frustrations that junction upgrades have not taken place before now. We too have shared these concerns and the Council has, along with our local MP and MLAs, continued, for many years, to push for this work to be completed.
“This is the first in a series of upgrades at junctions along the Knockmore and Prince William Roads. It may have been a long time coming but collectively, we all, at last, will see work begin on these very busy roads.
“Be assured that we will continue to work with the developers and DFI to monitor progress and to ensure that the timetable of works for junction improvements in this area continues,” said Alderman Leathem.