Portarlington train station parking leads to protests

Frustrated residents came out in force to protest over parked cars that have spilled out from the train station car par and have clogged up Sheskin Lane in Portarlington.

Frustrated residents came out in force to protest over parked cars that have spilled out from the train station car par and have clogged up Sheskin Lane in Portarlington.

Over 30 people from the Port estate claim the area has been transformed into an accident balackspot by people who travel into Dublin for their day’s work and leave their cars on the road near Port’s train station.

Having asked Íarnród Éireann to intervene and having received no information back, the residents felt they had no alternative but to confront commuters and make them aware of the hazardous situation.

They started their protest at 5.45pm on the Tuesday evening, December 2 as they waited for poeple on their return from the capital and resumed at 7.30am the next morning.

One protester Jennifere Friel said: “We juut want them to stop parking on the corner and for them to realise how dangerous this situation really is”.

According to Ms Friel, accidents have been a regular occurrence in the area and she cited the volumen of parked cars on the road as a primary cause of collisions.

During the protest Mrs Friel said that some commuters empathised with the residents’ situation with le others remarked that they were perfectly entitled to park in the area because there were no restrictive signs or yellow lines in the location.

Michael Carroll another residents said: “The manner in which these cars are parked inhibits access to local residents and contractors and creates a danger to pedestrians, especially women with prams and small children, by forcing them to walk out in the middle of the road.

The Gardaí have acknowledged that there have been accidents in the area and they there is a problem with parking at that location.