TD urges council to address traffic dangers

By David Tucker

The pedestrian crossing at Westgate where, according to Deputy D'Arcy, drivers are failing to stop.
The pedestrian crossing at Westgate where, according to Deputy D'Arcy, drivers are failing to stop.

Wexford County Council has been asked reduce the speed limit at Ballygoman, Barntown, from 80km/h to 50km/h because of the dangers posed by cars travelling too fast in an increasingly built-up rural area.

Deputy Michael D'Arcy said that cars on the 80km/h zoned Ballygoman country road emerged on to a section of the N25 where the speed limit is 60km/h. The deputy said he had been approached by local residents about the speed of traffic on the road which runs towards the community centre and Barntown Church and school.

'This is a narrow rural road which has a lot of private residential entrances on to the road,' he said.

'I have been contacted by local residents who are nervous when exiting their driveways due to the speed of traffic on the road. Ballygoman is also use by young pedestrians who attend the local school and by others who use the road to get to the local church or to go for a walk,' he said.

'The road feeds on to the traffic calming section of the N25 which has a speed limit of only 60km per hour,' he said. However, the section of road where the road acually emerges is a 100km/h for around 100 metres before it drops to 60km/h.

Deputy D'Arcy has also asked Wexford County Council to urgently look at the pedestrian crossing at Westgate.

He said two lines of traffic approach this crossing and quite a lot of motorists are failing to stop as people are attempting to cross the road. The flashing amber lights do no seem to having the desired effect to either slow down oncoming traffic or make motorists aware that there is a pedestrian crossing in the vicinity.

Deputy D'Arcy has asked that the matter be addressed before a serious accident occurs.

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