The Department of Transport has allocated funding for the provision of a new pedestrian crossing in Parteen village.
A set of push-button lights will be purchased and installed in the proximity of Browne’s junction – a notoriously dangerous crossing point in the village.
Welcoming the news, Local Councillor Cathal Crowe said: I’m sure that the pedestrian lights will be welcomed by most local people but already some individuals I have spoken to in recent days have expressed concerns that it will add to traffic congestion in the village in mornings and evenings as people travel to and from work.
“It is vital that a period of public consultation takes place before any works commence so that these views can be properly appraised. Since the lights will be push-button activated I believe that they will only turn red and stop traffic on a few dozen occasions during any given day. For 99% of the time there will still be free-flowing traffic in Parteen.”
“I also welcome news that money has been allocated to improve pedestrian and vehicular safety on the main road between the GAA field and Poulawooly Bridge in Cratloe. Cars routinely speed along this road as they head in the direction of the N18 dual carraigeway. It is anticipated that the funding will be used to paint new line markings and erect cautionary signage. The installation of a pedestrian crossing system somewhere near the Woodcross is also likely. Many children have to cross this dangerous junction free school as they make their way to the GAA field for training sessions. A pedestrian crossing would go a long way towards improving their safety.”
Parteen will be one of 8 villages in County Clare to receive a share of the 240,000 Euro which has been allocated vis-a-vis the department’s Low Cost Safety Scheme.