New TII policy on lighting up Athlone relief road causing local concern

An Athlone councillor is expressing serious concern about safety on the relief road dual carriageway around the town following a new policy on lighting by Transport Infrastructure Ireland.

The national roads authority has been dimming or turning off lights at many of the states motorway junctions over the past number of weeks.

New lighting systems have been fitted and many lamp posts and older-style bulbs have bene replaced in order to comply with a 2012 EU Energy policy that requires Ireland to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

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Independent councillor Paul Hogan says while he understands that some of the old lighting was excessive, it appears to have gone too much to the other extreme now.

He says that the Athlone dual-carriageway in particular, which carry pedestrian and cycle traffic needs to be much better lighted than is presently the case….