Ballycarry bridge safety scheme underway

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Work being carried out at Ballycarry railway bridge will improve road safety for visitors to the Gobbins coastal path, it has been claimed.

Transport Minister Michelle McIlveen has announced that work on a £120,000 footway scheme at the railway bridge on Island Road Lower, Islandmagee is now underway and is expected to be complete by December 18.

The improvements will provide a link the existing footways on both sides of the bridge and giving uninterrupted pedestrian access on Island Road Lower to the station from both Ballycarry and Ballystrudder.

Minister Michelle McIlveen said: “With the expected increase in traffic with the recent opening of the Gobbins Visitors Centre, this substantial investment will improve pedestrian safety and make it easier to access Ballycarry railway halt.”

To help ensure the safety of road users and contractors, the road will be closed for the duration of the works. Traffic will be diverted via the A2 Larne Road, B150 Slaughterford Road, Islandmagee Road and Ballystrudder Road.

Access to the railway halt will be maintained and pedestrian access across the bridge will also remain in place.