Poots hits out over lack of road gritting

Lagan Valley MLA Edwin Poots
Lagan Valley MLA Edwin Poots

Lagan Valley MLA Edwin Poots has accused TransportNI of “falling asleep at the wheel”, claiming that it failed to grit a number of roads in the Lisburn and Moira areas last Friday night (November 18).

The DUP man said he had received reports of a number of traffic accidents on main and rural roads in the area on Saturday morning due to icy road conditions.

“I think somebody fell asleep at the wheel on that one,” he commented. “The roads weren’t gritted on Saturday morning and there was a lot of black ice about. They were gritted on Saturday night for the Sunday morning, but that’s not good enough.

“The weather forecast had given a cold snap, so TransportNI should have responded accordingly,” he added.

Responding to Mr Poots’ comments, a spokesperson for the Department for Infrastructure said that all scheduled roads in the area were gritted on Friday night.

“There was a full salting action on Friday night starting at 22:00hrs of all the scheduled salted network in Eastern Division, which includes Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council area.

“The salting action covered all roads in and around Lisburn and Moira that are included on the Eastern Division salting schedule,” she said.