SOMEBODY will be killed as a result of the large number of heavy goods vehicles speeding through Brookeborough after being diverted from Lisnaskea, a local councillor has warned.
At the monthly meeting of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Sheamus Greene estimated that “hundreds and hundreds” of diverted HGVs were currently driving down Brookeborough’s main street, due to the ongoing work at the Majors Bridge replacement scheme in Lisnaskea.
Mr Greene told the chamber, “There is a serious safety problem and there will be an accident yet. A number of residents have mentioned to me about how dangerous it is.”
He asked the council to contact the Department for Infrastructure (DfI) to highlight the concerns that had been raised.
“There’s been a number of near-misses already. These big articulated lorries are coming through, hundreds of them a day. Brookeborough is not equipped for it,” the councillor said. Mr Greene claimed that the police had been there a few times with speed cameras because the lorries were “flying up and down”.
“It’s an accident waiting to happen and there will be somebody killed,” he warned.
The Sinn Féin representative asked the council to write “as quickly as possible” to DfI Roads and see if anything could be done to calm the traffic.
“Brookeborough is normally a very calm wee village and it’s certainly not at the minute,” Mr Greene added.
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