Councillor makes urgent call for new pedestrian crossing on Ballycummin Road

Cllr Leddin at St Nessan's Church in Raheen.

LIMERICK City West councillor Joe Leddin has called on the National Transport Authority (NTA) to urgently fund the provision of a new pedestrian crossing along the main Ballycummin Road in Raheen.

Limerick City and County Council designed a scheme to include a raised tabletop traffic calming measure and a controlled pedestrian crossing over a year ago near the existing bus stop between the entrance to Churchill Meadows and Springdale estates.

The Labour Party councillor hit out that, despite continued increases in traffic volumes on the road, “funding has not been provided to date by the NTA to allow the scheme to be introduced”.

“As a local councillor, I have received many requests from residents and those attending Raheen church and the Millenium Centre about the difficulties experienced in trying to cross the road with cars parked on either side of the Ballycummin Road and traffic volumes posing huge safety concerns especially for our elderly citizens.”

Cllr Leddin says he has made requests that a second pedestrian crossing be installed adjacent to the Millenium Centre to help people at this location safely cross the road.

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“With future active travel measures to include new cycle lanes being considered for the Ballycummin Road, we must first all prioritise the safety of residents and pedestrians who cross this road many times a day by installing controlled pedestrian crossing at both locations on this road,” he said.

“Government are allocating millions of euro towards active travel measures and I would urge the NTA to release the necessary funding to allow the council deliver these much needed facilities without further delay.”

There was no response from the National Transport Authority at the time of going to print.