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Abbeylara residents start speed ramp petition

Cllr. P.J Reilly, Chairperson of Abbeylara Tidy Towns Marcella Kelly, Denis Fahey, T.P Heaney Vic-Chairperson of Abbeylara Tidy Towns with Concerned Residents and Committee Members. Photo: Michelle Ghee. www.gphotos.ie

Cllr. P.J Reilly, Chairperson of Abbeylara Tidy Towns Marcella Kelly, Denis Fahey, T.P Heaney Vic-Chairperson of Abbeylara Tidy Towns with Concerned Residents and Committee Members. Photo: Michelle Ghee. www.gphotos.ie

Worried homeowners in the north Longford community of Abbeylara believe rising speed levels through the village will eventually lead to a fatality unless traffic calmingmeasures are introduced.

In an effort to highlight their concerns, locals have started a petition which they hope will force local authority chiefs to step in.

One of those leading that charge, Denis Fahy, said the increasing hazard posed to pedestrians by speeding cars in and around Abbeylara village was simply too difficult to ignore.

“(Speed) ramps are badly needed,” he said, in reference to both the Lisryan and Tulleymore entrance roads.

“The way it is at the minute, it’s a deathtrap waiting to happen.”

Mr Fahy was just as outspoken as he turned his attention to the dangers posed by the main Granard to Coole raod.

He said the fear among the wider community was the likelihood that their calls would fall on deaf ears.

“Nothing will be done until there is an accident and that’s the worry,” he added.

“When you come down the Lisryan road, you have to stop, but the problem is that it is completely blind.”

Mr Fahy said while no one has been knocked down or injured in recent times, there have been several close shaves.

“We have had a few near misses alright.

“This (speed ramps issue) was spoken about six or seven years ago and then it was pushed to one side.

“But anytime there is a near miss it crops up again like it has now.”

Should the council dismiss their calls, Mr Fahy said locals would be willing to consider other alternatives like rumble strips along with the addition of traffic calming signs.

“That would be a help,” he said.

“Signs are needed too and it’s really just to make people more aware.”

Mr Fahy said, though still in its infancy, the petition will be handed into Longford County Council following further talks locally.

Another of those to row in behind the community’s efforts is local Cllr PJ Reilly.

Despite a series of previous attempts to resolve the problem, the issue is one the Fianna Fail councillor plans to actively pursue.

“I have taken this up with Longford County Council before.

“And while I would be supportive of the idea, the council believe ramps can be noisey and provide a hazard to cyclists.”

He said another possible avenue was to try and ensure stricter management of the village’s speed limit laws.

“There is a speed issue especially with heavy goods vehicles as you enter the village.

“Perhaps the Gardai could be asked to monitor the speed limits more closely.”

In the interim, Cllr Reilly vowed to continue to lobby the council’s roads department until the issue is resolved.

 

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