Post crash road closures last too long

The M2 on December 27 after it was closed for many hours, following a fatality. Picture � Matt Mackey/Press Eye
The M2 on December 27 after it was closed for many hours, following a fatality. Picture � Matt Mackey/Press Eye

Wednesday evening saw the whole of Belfast reduced to gridlock for hours by the effects of closing the Westlink in both directions due to a fatal road traffic collision.

Every loss of a life on our roads is a matter of deepest regret and of course must be fully investigated to establish the cause and to see if lessons can be learned.

However, the length of time that these investigations appear to take whilst throwing the rest of the road using public into chaos needs to be queried.

The M2 motorway was closed in both directions for a total of 18 hours recently, the A2 Bangor to Belfast was closed for seven hours a couple of days ago, both for similar “investigations” throwing thousands of cars onto local roads totally unsuited to the resulting traffic volumes.

It is not only the long suffering motorist that these road closure impact.

These roads are major arterial routes, providing fast access to major trauma and accident and emergency departments in the RVH and other hospitals.

Does no one consider the potentially vital and life saving minutes lost if ambulances are delayed in these, all to frequent, situations?

What exactly are the results of these accident “investigations”, because no one ever hears?

A simple plea to all those involved, sort it out, revise the processes and think of the bigger picture!

Colin Steele, Parkgate, Templepatrick