Safety concerns over Hillsborough traffic

Roger Duncan
Roger Duncan

A concerned father-of-two is to write to local haulage firms asking them to stop driving into Hillsborough at certain times of the day until the end of the school term.

Roger Duncan, an NI21 representative, will write to 20 haulage firms asking if their lorry drivers would avoid using the centre of the village during school pick-up and drop-off times for the next six weeks.

He is likewise calling on tractor drivers to follow suit.

Mr. Duncan said that he wants the matter dealt with as a matter of urgency, after a accident involving two lorries and a car in the village last week at Lisburn Street.

Mr. Duncan who also runs a scout group, said, “It is for the safety of not only my own children, but also the safety of all the other pupils and families of those children attending not only Downshire Primary School, but also Beechlawn School.

“Last week, in the middle of Hillsborough village there was yet another vehicle accident, involving a car and two lorries.

“From all accounts had there been children in the back seat of the car they could have been seriously injured.

“I would be asking that from between now and the end of the current school year all HGVs, lorries and large tractors avoid using the centre of Hillsborough during school pick up and drop off times.”

He said that it is at these times that traffic congestion is at its worst.

“This would equate to approximately 45 minutes in the morning, from 8.30am until 9.15am and about 1hr 30 minutes in the afternoon, from 1.45pm until 3.15pm,” he said,

He continued, “I fully understand the inconvenience this may cause to larger vehicle drivers, but I am very concerned about the potential for a serious or even tragic incident in the village due to the sheer numbers of cars, people and large vehicles travelling through it at these peak times.

“Looking at it from another perspective, avoiding the village at these times will also ensure that your drivers are not caught up in school traffic and may in fact speed up their journeys.

“I am more than happy to facilitate a meeting with all stakeholders involved to discuss this issue further and hopefully come to a resolution that will appeal to all concerned within the village of Hillsborough.”

He went onto to say many vehicles use the village as a rat-run.

“I hear a lot of complaints from parents about traffic congestion,” he said.

“At some times in the village the traffic can be a total nightmare.”

A DRD representative said they had no traffic calming measure plans for Hillsborough village.