Local Kildare TD Fiona O'Loughlin has called on Kildare County Council to install a number of pedestrian crossings around the county to alleviate concerns over the safety near schools.
O’Loughlin has been in contact with the council on numerous occasions in support of crossings around the constituency and continually the council have ignored the calls in certain areas.
“Two areas that I feel are in particular need of crossings are at Allen National School and one between Highfield Estate in Newbridge and Morristown," stated Deputy O'Loughlin.
There are hundreds of students crossing the road at Allen National School at different times of the day and yet the council have yet to provide a safe way of crossing for these children.”
“The dark mornings and evenings cause grave concern for many parents and drivers around schools and this discourages children from walking to school. We want to try encourage more physical activity among our youths and in order to do this we must ensure that they have safe footpaths and safe crossings.
The Fianna Fáil TD says that she has seen the dangers of these crossings first hand and that it is surprising that nobody has been injured as of yet.
“Parents cross the busy road between Highfield and Morristown on a daily basis to get to school and back. I have seen first-hand how dangerous this area is at busy times and I have been in touch with the area engineer to have the area assessed for a new crossing to make the road safer for crossing”.
It is extremely disappointing that the council have provided a lollypop lady at the pedestrian crossing closer to Scoil Mhuire School appose to having the lady up at the Highfield estate entrance. It is surprising that no one has been seriously injured at this area and yet I fear that action will not be taken until someone gets hurt.
“I am calling on Kildare County Council to urgently assess both areas for a safe crossing for all road users and to prioritise these crossings for installation in the coming months”, concluded Deputy O’Loughlin.
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