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A woman whose boyfriend was killed on the main Dublin to Belfast road earlier this year has set up a campaign to have the A1 dual carriageway upgraded.

Ciara Sands’ world was turned upside down on May 23rd last when her boyfriend Karl Heaney died following a road traffic collision on the A1 between Banbridge and Dromore.

Karl Heaney, who died following an accident on the A1 on May 23rd last

In the wake of his passing Ciara learned that plans to upgrade the road were first put forward in 2011 but have not progressed.

She is now asking people to sign a petition to press the Department of Infrastructure in the North to upgrade the busy route as soon as possible.

Ciara told Talk of the Town: “This road is in desperate need of being upgraded to make it safer for all road users. Plans were developed back in 2011 yet nothing has been done since.

“We are trying to highlight the dangers of the A1 dual carriageway. I know this road is in Northern Ireland but many Republic of Ireland residents use this road daily so this affects them too, their opinion should also be taken into consideration.

“We are hoping for as many signatures as possible in order to get a response from the Department of Infrastructure.”

To date Ciara has gained more than 5,000 signatures, putting her well on her way to her target of 7,500.

You can sign the petition here.