OVER 600 people have signed an online petition calling for the B114 road between Markethill and Poyntzpass to be gritted.
The petition to the Southern Divisional Roads Manager has been started by local woman Linda Henry and aims to attract 1000 signatures.
On the website change.org Linda says: “Our rural communities will benefit greatly having this road gritted. It is a twisty road with stretches of the road having large drops just over the hedge.
“Many people have had accidents on this road – there were three last week which affected the buses and children being late for school. These accidents happened within 30 minutes of each other, police attended the scenes.
“This stretch of road has two different school buses which travel along it every day as well as business people and farmers.
“I for one would like to see this road gritted as a matter of urgency for the greater good of the two settlements this road connects and the schools and businesses that rely on this route for basic requirements.”
Linda urged anyone who regularly uses this stretch of road to show their support by signing the petition.
“This petition is for the local communities to ask the Southern Divisional Roads Manager to re-evaluate this road and to grit this stretch of road so that all users in the locality can travel safely in icy and hazardous conditions.”
A spokesperson for Transport NI confirmed to the Ulster Gazette that this stretch of road is currently not on the gritting schedule.
Cusher Councillor, Paul Berry said the large numbers signing the petition showed the depth of feeling within the community on this issue.
“As a local Councillor I fully support this petition and I am delighted with the large numbers already that have signed it so far,” said Mr Berry.
“I along with other Public Representatives have written to Transport NI over the years requesting gritting of this Poyntzpass - Markethill Road known by many as the Tannyoky Road.
“Over the years I have had elderly folk and parents raise very valid concerns about the dangerous condition of the road especially with school buses and parents taking children to local schools. Sadly the Transport NI usually stick to the usual line that there is not enough vehicles travelling along this road on a daily basis and it doesn’t meet their criteria.
“One mother contacted me this week and the life was scared out of her children when they were involved in a recent accident, in fact I was on this road travelling from Poyntzpass on Thursday past and it was treacherous even though it was dry, this road is dangerous enough with many corners.
“I have written again to Transport NI Divisional Manager to Request the gritting of this road urgently and this petition will help support the call for action before someone is killed due to no fault of their own.”