Driving 'like divils' at Portlaoise road

Driving 'like divils' at Portlaoise road
By Ryan Dunne ryan@leinsterexpress.ie@laoisnews

A pedestrian crossing is needed near Lidl and Laois Shopping Centre in Portlaoise as some motorists are speeding along “like divils”.

So said Cllr Catherine Fitzgerald, at the recent meeting of the Portlaoise Municipal District in Laois County Hall.

Cllr Fitzgerald proposed a motion calling on Laois County Council to install a crossing from the pedestrian exit at Lidl to the footpath.

She said she thought this location was very dangerous and the whole set-up is just waiting for an accident to happen, with some people walking down along the wall towards the direction of the car park.

She also said that some motorists come along “like divils”, although most of the time cars go slow.

She asked that Lidl or Tesco be contacted about the problem, too.

Mr Wes Wilkinson, senior executive engineer with the council, said that he had spoken to the management at Laois Shopping Centre and they are open to doing something.

He said he would discuss it with them in the coming weeks.

Seconding the motion, Cllr Willie Aird said that the councillors had a huge responsibility to public safety and it was not just down to Tesco or Lidl.

In response to Cllr Fitzgerald's motion, a written reply came from Mr Farhan Nasiem, acting senior executive engineer with road design.

He said The section of the road at Lidl’s pedestrian exit is not in charge by Laois County Council.

Further to this pedestrian exit there is an existing uncontrolled pedestrian crossing at Laois Shopping Centre roundabout.

However, Mr Nasiem said that his location will be reviewed and assessed by Laois County Council.