Popular chippers result in pedestrian problems in county Limerick town

Donal O’Regan

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Donal O’Regan

A COUNTY councillor has called for improvements to a Bruff pedestrian crossing blocked by hungry motorists.

A COUNTY councillor has called for improvements to a Bruff pedestrian crossing blocked by hungry motorists.

llr Bill O’Donnell said the crossing at the lower end of the town joins two chippers on either side of the road.

“I’m proposing that it is improved.

“As you are travelling down town, near the junction for the Knockainey road, there is no kerb or island built-out on the pedestrian crossing.

“With the result that cars are parking on it constantly.

“With the fast-food outlets, invariably, cars are being parked on the crossing and pedestrians can’t get on to the crossing to walk across,” said Cllr O’Donnell, who was speaking at a Kilmallock local electoral area meeting.

People pulling in to get a bag of chips or a cheese burger is causing a serious safety concern to other road users if they park on the crossing while they wait.

“It is unsafe as it is,” said Cllr O’Donnell, as it hinders motorists’ visibility of people who may be waiting to cross the road.

There was a similar problem at the upper end of the town until built-outs jutting into the road were added on.

“It stops cars parking there and blocking the crossing and makes it more visible for everyone,” said Cllr O’Donnell.

Executive roads engineer with Limerick County Council, John Madden, said he will have a look at it.

Cllr Mike Donegan said he had also noticed the problem.

“I’ve seen people trying to cross there. In the future I think pedestrian crossings should have traffic lights instead of amber lights. Amber lights are confusing to motorists,” said Cllr Donegan.

Mr Madden said there is a huge cost differential in putting in traffic lights compared to zebra crossings.

“A zebra crossing costs around €1,500 while it is €15,000 to €20,000 for signal controlled crossing,” said Mr Madden.