Council

Speed limits and road safety in the Ballinamore Area

Issues of speed limits and road safety were discussed the Ballinamore Municipal Meeting this week.

Fiona Heavey

Reporter:

Fiona Heavey

Speed limits and road safety in the Ballinamore Area

Drumcong

Cllr Brendan Barry requested an update on the Safety Audit and Speed Survey carried out at Drumcong and asked what measures will be carried out to improve safety for pedestrians attending this location.

He told the members, the parents of children attending St. Bridgid's NS and Kiltubrid Preschool are very concerned about road safety. He noted the parents of the school had over 100 signatures gathered for better road safety.

Senior Council Engineer Michael Flynn said the approaches to the school had been lined, but the road adjacent to the school had not been lined as they are still deciding what safety measures to implement there. He said a data and speed machine was used at the location and the council are “looking into what we can do to slow traffic.”

Cllr Barry also said that the approach from Ballinamore had 'Slow' written on the road, but the Carrick-on-Shannon approach did not. He also pointed out that the flashing amber light does not work all day.

Mr Flynn said that speed limits around the county are being reviewed and the council must wait until that has been completed.

Cllr Gerry Dolan supported the motion and noted that on Sunday last there was an accident in Drumcong and the people involved were “lucky to come out safe.”


Drumshanbo

Sinn Fein’s Brendan Barry also asked for a speed survey  on the Hilly Road, Drumshanbo in the 50 km zone and requested measures to reduce speed be installed. The council said a traffic survey will be undertaken in the area as requested.

Cllr Paddy O’Rourke asked that action be taken to control the speed of traffic entering the town via Convent Avenue in Drumshanbo as "few motorists seem to be observing the speed limit and locals fear for the safety of pedestrians seeking to use the road along with vehicles approaching from the Dowra Road."

The council said "The section of road in question will be assessed to determine what speed control measures might be appropriate to address safety concerns."


Ballinamore

Cllr Caroline Mulvey asked the council to implement “extra traffic calming measures” and to create better car parking facilities at Ballinamore Childcare Services. The council said "The area will be assessed to determine what safety improvements might be provided."