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Monday 14 October 2019

New Clonard Road crossing

Cllr Leonard Kelly at the site where a new crossing will be built in Clonard
Cllr Leonard Kelly at the site where a new crossing will be built in Clonard

Pádraig Byrne

There was good news for residents of estates like Cluain Dara and Mount Prospect this week as it was confirmed that a new pedestrian crossing is to be installed on the busy Clonard Road.

Currently, the only crossing on the road is located at the Grove and with a large amount of children in particular heading to Wexford Educate Together and Rainbow crèche, a safe place to cross has been long sought.

Clonard resident Cllr Leonard Kelly last week confirmed that following discussions with the District Engineer, it was agreed that funding would be sought for the crossing which is to be situated between entrances to Heathfield and Mount Prospect.

Subject to funding, Cllr Kelly says he is aiming to have the work completed by the first quarter of next year.

'It has been long awaited,' he said.

'It's probably been talked about by previous councillors, but I live in the area so I see the impact of a lack of infrastructure. It's a safety item.'

'As well as the crossing, I've been told the footpaths will also be completed as currently people have to walk through the grass on one side when they cross there.'

The independent councillor says he will be calling for it to be a controlled crossing, meaning a push-button and traffic lights, however, 'ultimately it's up to the engineer to decide what's safest,' he said.

'My whole thing is that we need to re-examine the way we look at roads and look at pedestrians more,' he said.

'The priority should be pedestrians, then cyclists and then the cars.'

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