Road safety

Road safety fears ease as council seeks to install ‘controlled’ pedestrian crossing along busy Longford Road

A controlled pedestrian crossing will be installed along Ballinalee Road in Longford following concerns raised by a local elected official.

At the July Longford Borough meeting, Cllr Martin Monaghan tabled a motion noting the problems with the lack of provision for pedestrians to cross Ballinalee Road: ‘There was a crossing between Ard Michael Estate and Major’s Well Road before work begins, however, the provision of a temporary crossing to facilitate pedestrians is essential to ensure public safety when crossing such an important thoroughfare in our city,” he said. declared.

Cllr Monaghan noted that ongoing improvement works on the N63 have resulted in reduced traffic control measures near the entrance to the Ard Michael Estate. He says the walkers are forced to cross a busy section of road without proper checks in place: ‘These road works have been brought up in this chamber many times,’ he told the MD meeting.

“If you are leaving the Ard Michael Estate, the first waypoint is Springlawn. I don’t think that’s enough,” he told the other adviser.

Seconding the motion, Cathaoirleach, Gerry Hagan (FG) said: “It’s a busy road. It may just be an oversight that the crossing has been removed, but it needs to be fixed as soon as possible.

At the MD meeting, council officials said a safety audit had been carried out at the site and no concerns had been raised: “The existing pedestrian crossing near Ard Michael was a for uncontrolled pedestrians, so there are no requirements under health and safety legislation or revised traffic regulations”. Management guidelines to provide temporary passage in its place,” said Area Engineer Eamon Bennett.

Mr Bennett explained that the contractor has put a ‘designated pedestrian controller’ on the works to accommodate people with reduced mobility.

However, Councilor Monaghan says the local authority has now committed to providing a button-controlled lighted crossing when the work is complete: “It will be a controlled pedestrian crossing. It’s basically a push-button system that will allow pedestrians to cross at Ard Michael back onto Majors Well Road,’ he told the Chief.

Cllr Monaghan said there was a real need to welcome pedestrians to the area: “There are over three and a half thousand people working this stretch of road from Abbotts. There are also three housing estates, a saloon funeral, a national and a high school.”

The representative of Fianna Fail hopes that a new traffic management system can be put in place to ensure the safety of pedestrians.