Residents want traffic calming on road

Residents want traffic calming on  road
The residents of McSwiney Street, Dundalk, have called on the Dundalk Town Council to introduce traffic calming measures.

The residents of McSwiney Street, Dundalk, have called on the Dundalk Town Council to introduce traffic calming measures.

The local people say it has got to the stage they are worried that somebody could be killed or seriously injured.

Frustrated residents have highlighted their concerns to The Dundalk Democrat as they are “fed-up” with the council for not introducing calming measures.

“The speed of traffic here is madness,” said local resident Seamus Ward. “Drivers have no respect for the residents in the area.

The people that live in this area are elderly. If you want to cross the road at a junction, you have to walk up to Ice House Park. This can be a lenghty walk for an elderly person.”

Seamus told of his horror when his wife was nearly knocked down.

“She looked both sides and the road was clear. Then all of a sudden a car was speeding and nearly knocked her down. Something needs to be done to slow traffic in the area.”

Darren Taaffe, a representative of Republican Network for Unity and a resident in the area, said that over 250 people signed a petition calling on the council to introduce traffic measures.

“We sent this petition to the council,” he said, “and to all the councillors. Only one councillor responded to us. A car lost control on the road a couple of months ago and it smashed into a residents wall. Somebody could have been killed. A pedestrian, a child in the garden.”

The residents believe that motorist are using the area to avoid other roads that have traffic calming measures, such as the Castletown Road.

The De La Salle and Castletown Girls school are located just minutes away from McSwiney Street.

A worry for the residents is that school children walk to and from the school on a daily basis, putting the pupils at risk.

“There isn’t even a speed limit sign in the area,” said Seamus, “Motorist don’t actually know the speed of the area. There is no indication of what the speed limit is.

“At this stage we will accept any sort of traffic calming measure. Traffic lights, a zebra crossing or ramps. We just want something do.”

A traffic monitor was placed at McSwiney Street on 9 July to 16 July 2012 but the council said results showed traffic calming is not needed.

But the residents have slammed this report.

“These tests capture a certain moment in time,” said Seamus. “They do not reflect what we see here on a daily basis.”