The residents of Errill are calling for immediate traffic calming measures in their village, after a safety review revealed that almost a quarter of all vehicles are exceeding the speed limit travelling through the area.
Laois-Offaly TD Brain Stanley is supporting their call for road safety measures to be put in place in Errill village, as locals are very concerned that there will be a serious accident.
“The R433 from Rathdowney to Templemore, which passes through Errill, is a very busy road and traffic is speeding through the village including a lot of HGVs and commercial traffic,” he said.
“It is very dangerous, particularly at the bend at the post office. There is a very narrow footpath at this point and it is level with the roadway. Trucks and cars are passing within inches of the doorway and schoolchildren use the shop daily. The access road to the village at either end is wide and this would appear to be encouraging many drivers to greatly exceed the 50km per hour speed limit.”
Deputy Stanley revealed that Laois County Council carried out an initial traffic study which shows that, out of a sample of 50 vehicles, 12 were driving over the limit and, of these, six were HGVs. They will now conduct a more detailed study of traffic volumes and speeds.
“There is definitely a road safety issue to be addressed in the village of Errill. A local petition has been collected and submitted to the council and I have made representations on this. The speed limit in the locality needs to be reduced to 30 kph when the speed limit review is carried out later this year,” said Dep Stanley.
He suggested that a raised pedestrian crossing at the area around the post office, and a railing along the edge of the narrow path, would slow down traffic and enhance safety for pedestrians.
“I am requesting that Laois County Council put a scheme of safety measures in place and that the gardaí monitor traffic speeds in Errill. The safety of people in the locality must be paramount,” Dep Stanley concluded.