Delayed modernizes will cost more lives on one of Northern Ireland’s most dangerous streets, a campaigner has said.
Monica Heaney was speaking after the deaths among a 75 -year-old woman in a road traffic incident on the A1, between Banbridge and Dromore in late November .
“I exactly wish the upgrades could happen quicker, ” said Ms Heaney, whose son Karl was killed on the road last year.
The Department of Infrastructure said it was assisting the PSNI investigation into the most recent death.
Part of the main route between Belfast and Dublin, the road has been the site of two fatal gate-crashes in 2019.
Karl Heaney, from Warrenpoint, County Down, died in a disintegrate on the A1 between Banbridge and Dromore in May 2018.
He was the move of one of the cars involved in a two-car collision.
A spokesperson for the Department for Infrastructure said it recognised the importance of the work on the A1.
‘More beings will die because of the delay’
The proposed draft of the A1 was first published in 2011.
Along with her son’s partner, Ciara Sand, Ms Heaney has propelled a petition calling for ascents to be made to the road.
So far the petition has received more than than 12,000 signatures.
“It will mean that more beings will die as a result of the postponement, ” said Ms Heaney.
“The year Karl died it was three people who died, and this year it has been two. Next year it will be another two families who lose a loved one.”
She added that if there was a car crash, “someone is responsible for that but the layout of the road has contributed to it”.
Why is the road so dangerous?
The issue around safety on the road centres on the layout of the dual carriageway between Hillsborough and Loughbrickland.
A report from the Department for Infrastructure marks a number of factors which multiply peril on the road.
Currently there are gaps in the central reservation separating the opposing traffic flows, vehicles to turn right and perform U-turns.
There are also a number of private and farm access roads which join instantly on to the A1.
Along long pulls of the direction, there is no center fund obstruction.
These parts are aggravated by poor visibility in areas.
There have been a number of other happens on the A1 this year.
In March, a person died in a clang on the road after a two-vehicle collision.
The collision happened close to the road’s junction with the Gowdystown Road, with two other parties receiving non-life threatening traumata in the incident.
In January, a lorry struck a car and unseated over on the southbound carriageway.
‘Upgrade needs to happen’
A public ask into upgrade the road will be held in March and Ms Heaney wants to address it.
“They are going to be hearing from people who resist the road, and are going to have satisfies to try and resolve the issues, ” she said.
“It is important that the voices of the victims are heard, to say why this upgrade needs to happen.”
She said the inquiry would likely push back the start of road improvement work by a year.
Ms Heaney contributed the committee appreciates a process to redevelop the road was in place, and it was frustrating for officials in the Department for Infrastructure.
The department said the inquiry comes after a consultation on an earlier stagecoach of the development process, including feedback on an environmental impact assessment report.
It said the consultation exercise had offered an opportunity for the public and other stakeholders to engage, and it had received more than 100 responses.