Call for urgent action on Sligo Road ‘deathtrap’

Phil Flanagan and Paddy Gilgunn on the Sligo Road, Enniskillen.

Sinn Fein MLA Phil Flanagan and Paddy Gilgunn on the Sligo Road, Enniskillen

Following on from the recent lorry accident at a notorious crash spot on the Sligo Road, Enniskillen, a local MLA is seeking a meeting with Transport NI (Formerly Roads Service) to discuss the realignment of the troublesome stretch.

On September 18 at 6am a lorry overturned at a notorious crash spot on the Sligo Road in Enniskillen.


The lorry, containing scrap cars not only blocked the road to traffic until just before 3pm, it also caused considerable damage to walls, lampposts and fences in the area.

Local Sinn Fein MLA Phil Flanagan visited the scene recently and discussed the situation with local residents including former councillor Paddy Gilgunn.

Speaking after his visit, Mr Flanagan said: “This is a notorious accident blackspot and in my opinion it is a death trap.

Residents living in this area and pedestrians who walk along the footpath are fearful of their lives. Something needs to be done to address this long standing issue.

“Plans are in place, and are at an advanced stage, to introduce a right turn lane for Enniskillen bound traffic, which wants to turn up onto Old Rossorry Link and Old Rossorry Road. This is a welcome move as it will help reduce traffic jams on the Sligo Road at peak times.

“However, as part of this work, the road is being widened to include part of an adjacent field. I would be keen to explore ways in which this work can be extended to remove the troublesome corner that is deceiving so many motorists and causing so many accidents on this particular stretch of a very busy road.

“In the long term, the best solution is for the long promised by-pass of Enniskillen to be brought forward, to reduce unnecessary traffic flows from the Sligo Road and to redirect vehicles onto a purpose built road around the outskirts of the town.”


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