Pedestrian crossing still a problem in the town

“I HAVE no confidence in cars stopping when I’m using the pedestrian crossings at The Square,” Cllr Martin Bellew told a meeting of Dundalk Town Council last week.

“I HAVE no confidence in cars stopping when I’m using the pedestrian crossings at The Square,” Cllr Martin Bellew told a meeting of Dundalk Town Council last week.

“The cars are simply not stopping for pedestrians. They are just flying round and the amjority are LH registrations.”

Cllr Eamon O’Boyle said he was concerned that the markings were not standarised and this was adding to the problem.

Cllr Jim Ryan said offending motorists should be stopped by gardai and fines issued.

At a precvious meeting of the council, Cllr Bellew said “someone will be killed at Clanbrassil Street unless something is done about the pedestrian crossing”.

Cllr Bellew told a meeting of the town council that this crossing and the crossings at the Square are still causing confusion and he asked that the town concil engineers look into the matter.

He said he had raised the matter serval times.

Cllr Bellew has again asked for distinctive markings on the pedestrian crossings because he believes motorists are simply not stopping to let people cross.

“I don’t think the markings on the crossing are prominant enough,” Cllr Bellew said.

He put a motion before the council which asks the council to paint black and white road markings and provide extra flashing amber lights on all poles - as is the case in Chapel Street.

In that motion he wanted the council to paint black and white road markings and provide flashing amber lights on all polls at all the pedestrian crossings in the town.

And Cllr Oliver Morgan also raised tha matter and put forward a motion at another meeting of the council asking the engineers to make all the pedestrian crossing the same and to try and minimise the disruption to the traffic flow in the town.

Town Engineer Catherine Duff said reports will issued about the pedestrian crossings and brought before the council as soon as possible.

In his motion before the council, Cllr Morgan said the engineers’ reports should “contain an evaluation of the possibility of making all these pedestrain crossings easily and safely usable by the physically impared.