Serious road safety concerns in Slieverue

SOMEONE will be killed trying to cross the road in the village of Slieverue if safety measures are not put in place local residents have warned.

SOMEONE will be killed trying to cross the road in the village of Slieverue if safety measures are not put in place local residents have warned.

Gerry Byrne and Noel Connolly of the Slieverue Road Safety Action Group attended the last meeting of the Piltown Electoral Area and outlined their grave fears that somone would be killed on the road if remedial works were not carried out.

“We are talking about a four lane dual carriageway with a 100 kilometre speed limit. It is hard to cross it as a 50-year-old and poses a huge danger especially for children and the elderly. Half the community in effect is cut off and there are 240 children in the village many of whom cant walk or cycle anyway because the school, the GAA pitches and all other amenities are on the other side of the road,” said Mr Connolly.

Gerry Byrne outlined the background to the situation and warned that it was only a matter of time before someone was killed if action was not taken. “We had a meeting back in June of last year when the local school was awarded a green flag. At that time public representatives walked the route with us and everyone was in agreement that serious issues regarding road safety. We had a meeting at that time with the company engaged in the public private partnership and a council official and they agreed that there was a serious problem and we got some commitment that the height of the roundabout would be lowered. We were given assurances that this would be rectified but this never happened. Originally we thought that an overhead bridge might be the solution but when we realised that money wasn’t available we were prepared to compromise to get safe access.

The meeting heard that money had been set aside by the county council and that a commitment had been given previously to rectify the problem regarding lack of access onto and through the roundabout for pedestrians and cyclists, but to-date nothing had been done. The members all acknowledged the safety concerns at this location and while the council had no direct responsibility, it was agreed that every effort would be made to help resolve the matter quickly.