SDLP Slieve Gullion Councillor Pete Byrne has welcomed the decision by DfI Roads to resurface the A25 Newry Road in Newtownhamilton.
Councillor Byrne has said that the road surfacing works are “desperately needed”, but only scratch the surface of what needs to be done to get local roads up to standard.
SDLP Slieve Gullion Councillor Pete Byrne said:
“Working alongside my SDLP colleagues Killian Feehan and Justin McNulty, I have been pressuring the Roads Service to take action to address the disgraceful state of South Armagh’s roads. The resurfacing of the Newry Road in Newtown is welcome, but it is just the tip of the iceberg.
“Roads are the responsibility of Stormont and it is incredibly frustrating for me as a local councillor to see South Armagh being neglected because some MLAs don’t want to go to work.
“The treacherous condition of our roads is downright dangerous. They are creating unnecessary risk for motorists and local communities and they must be tackled as a matter of urgency.
“My SDLP colleagues and I will continue to apply all the pressure we can to have the state of our roads addressed, but what we really need is for Stormont to get back to work and provide the Roads Service with the money and resources they need to do their job.”