A number of traffic issues in and around the village of Killashee have been flagged by a local resident who says she has been passed from pillar to post on the matter by Longford County Council and the Road Safety Authority (RSA).
Melanie Duignan, who has lived in the village for the past six years, highlighted problems with speeding vehicles and the safety of pedestrians using footpaths in the area.
“Cars coming in from the Longford Road are overtaking where they shouldn’t be,” Ms Duignan explained. “Traffic is also going too fast through the village and through our estate where there are children playing. When I contacted the Council about ramps for the estate, they told me they couldn’t put them in because of funding issues.”
Ms Duignan also told the Longford Leader that traffic regularly mounted footpaths while travelling through Killashee.
“You will have lorries speeding through and they’ll mount the pavement, and on the Longford road, cars will mount the footpath instead of slowing down when they see a truck coming the other way.”
She added that these incidents occur on a regular basis and put pedestrians at considerable risk: “I used to walk to Mass on Friday evenings but it’s too dangerous now, and it’s not safe to allow my kids to walk the short distance to school by themselves.”
Ms Duignan, who also voiced her concern over the lack of a footpath and pedestrian crossing connecting the local national school with the village, said she has made approaches to both Longford County Council and the Road Safety Authority about installing traffic calming measures, but has been unable to make any progress.
“I’ve had emails going forward and back to them for a couple of years at this stage,” she admitted. “I spoke to the Road Safety Authority, who told me it was a matter for the County Council, but when I contacted them I was told it was the RSA’s responsibility.
“I had [Fine Gael Longford-Westmeath TD] James Bannon call around a few months back and he said he’d look into it but I haven’t heard anything from him since.”
Clearly frustrated by the situation, Ms Duignan said she will continue to do all she can to get the authorities to take action.
“This is something that needs to be highlighted because it is a serious,” she concluded.
When contacted by the Longford Leader, Deputy James Bannon said he did not recall having a conversation with Ms Duignan regarding traffic issues on the main road, but said the matter of speed ramps in housing estates was a County Council matter. “I don’t recall talking about traffic issues on the main road, but ramps in housing estates are a matter for the local authority. The legislation is there to allow them to provide speed ramps in housing estates.
Longford County Council was contacted and asked to comment on the issues raised by Ms Duignan but had not yet responded at the time of going to press.