Cllr Joe Leddin
BUS Éireann has been accused of flouting the law by not stopping its drivers from travelling along Rosbrien Road where a weight restriction is in place.
Cllr Joe Leddin, who raised the issue at a meeting of the Metropolitan District before Christmas, says buses on InterCity and Expressway routes regularly use the road - which is located behind the Peony Court restaurant at Punch’s Cross – to access Edward Street when en route to Colbert Station.
He said concerns were first raised some time ago but that the State-owned company continues to flout the law.
In addition to the buses being over the three tonne limit, Cllr Leddin said there are also significant health and safety concerns as there are a lot of families including elderly people and young children who are living in the immediate area and who regularly cross the road.
“It’s a narrow road, the speed the buses are travelling at is of enormous concern,” he said, adding that cars are often parked on both sides of the road meaning visibility can be restricted.
The Labour councillor suggested the council may have to look at “some form of traffic calming measures” if action is not taken by Bus Éireann to stop its drivers from using the route.
The meeting was told local authority management are aware of the issue and share Cllr Leddin’s concerns.
It’s understood an official has been in contact with representatives of Bus Éireann in recent months in an effort to resolve the matter but that concerns still exist.
The council is also liasing with gardai with a view to enforcing the weight restrictions.
Separately, Cllr Leddin has called for the re-opening of access to the southside of the city from the Southern Ring Road.
Highlighting the significant increase in traffic volumes at Greenfields Road in particular, he said the decision to close the previous slip road a decade ago was one of the worst decisions ever made by the local authority.
That allowed motorists travelling from the Adare direction to access Childers Road via the John Carew Link Road rather than exiting having to exit the motorway and travel along Greenfields Road.
Cllr Leddin said the amount of heavy goods vehicles using Greenfields Road is “just simply appalling” and is something the council needs to tackle as a matter of priority.
It’s understood engineers from Limerick City and County Council and Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) are examining the possibility of re-opening access from the Southern Ring Road.
However, no firm plans have been drawn up and it’s not clear how such a project would be funded once approved.