Department to progress road improvement scheme at McKinstry Road / Derriaghy Road / The Cutts, Derriaghy

Date published: 20 November 2023

The Department for Infrastructure has launched a procurement competition for a road safety improvement scheme at McKinstry Road / Derriaghy Road / The Cutts, Derriaghy.

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A detailed design of the scheme has now been completed which will introduce fully controlled right turn movements within the signal phasing. Extensive road widening will be required on the Derriaghy Road side of McKinstry Road to provide the additional splitter islands required to facilitate the new layout. The improvement scheme will also include widened shared use footways as well as staggered and wider pedestrian crossings, enhancing links to the Glider route and local school.

Road safety is a top priority for the Department and we are aware of public concern following a number of collisions at this busy junction.  We are committed to reduce and remove, where possible, those risks through engineering measures that fall within the remit of the Department and have made the decision to move this scheme forward as soon as possible.

An environmental assessment has been carried out which has identified the requirement to remove a number of trees to facilitate widening of the carriageway. Any trees removed will be replaced by extensive replanting with a native species on regraded slopes and adjacent areas where possible.

Notes to editors: 

  1. The scheme includes 4 x 3.25m running lanes with right turn lanes into Derriaghy Road and The Cutts, a slip lane into Derriaghy Road, Toucan compliant pedestrian crossings , road widening and resurfacing of McKinstry Road on the Derriaghy Road. Also culvert widening, extensive service relocation and re-profiling of ground/slope to the rear of the footway between Derriaghy Road and McKinstry Road roundabout. Retention of the existing grass strip between carriageway and footway and retention/provision of a 3m shared use footway/cycleway between Derraighy Road and Stewartstown Road on each side of the road. Provision of a CCTV camera has been included.
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