Crossing at
The Square

THE news that Dundalk Town Council is to change the pedestrian system at the Market Square will probably be welcomed by many.

THE news that Dundalk Town Council is to change the pedestrian system at the Market Square will probably be welcomed by many.

It was a good idea but it did not really work.

It will now be operated by pushing a pedestrian button at the crossings.

There will also be black and white markings on the crossings which might help as well.

This follows complaints by councillors about traffic not stopping at the crossings to let people cross and a safety audit carried out by the town engineers.

At meetings of the town council, many councillors pointed out that many motorists were simply not stopping to allow pedestrians to cross.

Perhaps this is just an Irish thing. Perhaps there were too many crossings in one spot.

But whatever the reason, the change will not take away from The Square which is a credit to everyone who was involved in its restructure.

We now have one of the finest town centres in the county.

We can have open air concerts and the new fountain is wonderful.

St Patrick’s Day is just upon us and that will be the first opportunity of the year to make full use of this resource.

Perhaps it would have nice to keep the free flowing traffic system and daily Russian roulette between pedestrian and motorist.

But a safety audit and the concerns of the councillors ruled.

Quite right too.