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Calls to abandon works at Fenagh junction

Apr 26, 2023 13:28 By Shannonside News
Calls to abandon works at Fenagh junction
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The works are under active travel plans.

Leitrim councillors are calling for the council to abandon plans for pedestrian and cycle infrastructure works at the Fenagh junction.

Active travel plans for the junction have called for a redesign of the road and path to allow for increased pedestrian and cyclist safety for students. At this month's meeting of the Ballinamore Municipal District, Councillor Caillian Ellis stated that such works would see HGVs and buses unable to safety turn and stay in their own lane due to the increased width of footpaths.

He branded the plan as one designed by someone who who's never driven a heavy goods vehicle and lacked the understanding of what's involved. Responding to the Councillor, Council Engineer Darragh O'Boyle said while plans can be change, the objectives must be met.

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Speaking to Shannonside FM, Councillor Ellis says that pedestrians will be put in more danger should the works be completed.

''The traffic that's coming up the hill, the heavy good vehicles, they're not coming up at a speed and that's the side the footpath is on. They have a good view, a lot of sight vision of the footpath if there's any pedestrians on it, to widen it will make it more dangerous because if they meet another vehicle a HGV coming from the Mohill direction they'll have to mount the footpath, they have no other choice to get around the corner but as it is they don't have to mount the footpath. ''

 

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