Proposal to reduce speed limit on a Ballymena roundabout from 60mph to 40mph

Part time traffic lights could be put up at this part of the Larne Road Roundabout. Picture: Google Maps

ROADS chiefs have tabled a proposal to reduce the speed limit on a Ballymena roundabout from 60mph to 40mph.

The plan concerns the Larne Road Roundabout.

And there is a possibility that part time traffic signals could be put in place at the end of the off slip on the Ballee side of the roundabout because of traffic queuing back onto the by-pass in the mornings.

The proposals were mentioned in a letter to Mid & East Antrim Borough Council.

The letter says DFI Roads are ‘proposing to reduce the speed limit on Larne Link and Larne Road Roundabout from the existing national speed limit to 40mph.

‘This would take in between 100m and 150m of each of the roads, on slips and off slips leading into the Larne Road Roundabout and continue as far as the existing 40mph speed limit on the Larne Link after the Crebilly Road junction’.

The letter says the reasons for the proposal are as follows:

  • To improve the RTC record on the section of road.
  • To reduce the speed of traffic on the circulating carriageway. The department is currently carrying out queue length surveys to assess the possibility/need for part time traffic signals at the top of the Larne Road Roundabout off slip coming from the Seven Towers Roundabout, this is after receiving reports of traffic queuing back onto the A26 dual carriageway in the mornings.

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