Call to have old road re-opened

Liam Mackle calling for the opening of the road in the Kitchen Hill area.
Liam Mackle calling for the opening of the road in the Kitchen Hill area.

There’s been a call for an old road - closed during the Troubles - to be re-opened.

Councillor Liam Mackle called on Transport NI to allow full access to the road in the Kitchen Hill area to alleviate traffic congestion.

He said: “The road from Kitchen Hill into the car park of St Ronan’s school was closed off during the Troubles.

“It is currently used by a handful of businesses who have been granted access.

“Currently traffic using St Ronan’s, including buses, have to access and leave via Arthur Street and Edward Street.

“This is the cause of much gridlock in the town.

“The school have asked Transport NI to allow the buses to use the road in the morning and afternoon.

“Transport NI have invested heavily in easing congestion in Lurgan with the Millennium Way nearing completion.

“I would urge a similar common sense approach to be used here - particularly given the impending closure of the St Michael’s site.

“My colleague John O Dowd has written to Transport NI who say they are looking into the matter.”