‘Pedestrian crossing is accident waiting to happen’

Concerns have been raised over the safety of a pedestrian crossing in one of County Longford’s busiest towns.

Concerns have been raised over the safety of a pedestrian crossing in one of County Longford’s busiest towns.

Addressing members at the recent meeting of Granard Town Council, Cllr Tommy Stokes said a recently installed crossing just yards from the town’s Garda Station was posing serious problems for locals.

The independent urban representative’s derision at the situation deteriorated further when area engineer Eamon Bennet informed the meeting that National Roads Authority officials had already carried out a safety audit on the crossing.

“I don’t care because it is Russian Roulette down there,” he replied. “I live close by and I have seen what’s happening with my own eyes. People think that just because it is a pedestrian crossing they can just walk out. But with the speed of the trucks and everything else that is going along that road, someone is going to get knocked down.”

However, area engineer Eamon Bennett said there was little the council could do given that NRA examiners had given the crossing the all-clear.

“The problem for me is that the lights are to standard. You can’t ignore the safety audit, it is to standard,” he said. “I’m not saying Cllr Stokes is wrong. He has made a statement. All I can say is the people of Granard might see a risk there, but we can’t go around and change things arbitrarily.”

In spite of this, Cllr Stokes hit back, saying many locals had expressed frustration at the state of the crossing’s present lighting system.

To find out what else Cllr Stokes had to say, see this week’s Longford Leader.