Term Time Roadworks

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

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PARENTS of Iveagh Primary School children have aired their concerns over a decision to carry out roadworks so close to term-time.

The roadworks on Castle Street are causing disruption and a lengthy diversion for parents trying to get their children to school.

The improvements which were due to be carried out last year were put back after concerns were raised by the primary school that it would be an inconvenience to parents.

However, the roadworks which were started in August had to be postponed last Monday for four days due to unforeseen circumstances.

Lisa Johnston who has a son in P1 said: "The roadworks have definitely added extra time to our journey. We are having to rush out in the mornings, drop off at school and then on to work." Rathfriland mum Danielle Aiken added: "It has been stressful and chaotic. There has been a definite added pressure in the mornings to leave the house earlier." In relation to the postponement of the roadworks and the diversion via the Drumarkin Road, Iveagh Primary vice-principal Alan Brown said: "I completely understand the circumstances and feel that the Roads Service done the right thing.

"We spoke with the Roads Service this morning and they have informed the school that the road will be open again on Wednesday (6 September) with all works completed.

"We could not fault the Roads Service in keeping us updated with all developments." A parent who wishes to remain anonymous commented: "It has been extremely frustrating and the timing couldn't be worse for P1s.

"Starting school is stressful enough without having to worry about diggers on the road and loud noises.

"I feel that this has really set my child back and they are nervous coming to school in the morning due to all the work which is going on. In addition, I do three sets of pick ups as my children are all at different stages so this has particularly caused alot of disruption for the first week back at school."

The Roads Service issued a statement in response to the matter: "Unfortunately due to unforeseen circumstances it was necessary to postpone the works on the scheme on Monday, 28 August.

"The Department for Infrastructure receives a large number of requests to consider proposals to make improvements to the road network during the school holidays.

"While the Department tries to accommodate as much work as possible during this key time, requests must be compared and prioritised to target the locations most in need of improvement during the limited time available."


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