Pedestrian crossing needed for Portumna residents – Connaughton

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The lives of elderly residents in Portumna are being put at risk by the lack of a proper pedestrian crossing on the N65 in the vicinity of Portumna Retirement Village, according to Deputy Paul Connaughton.

‘In recent months I have been contacted by residents of Portumna Retirement Village who highlighted to me the dangers that exist for elderly people crossing the busy N65 road.  I visited the site and saw at first hand the difficulties elderly people, and especially those with mobility issues and poor sight, experience when trying to cross the road at this point.  There are a number of problems, including vehicles travelling at speed over the brow of a hill and coming downhill towards the town at a rate which pedestrians simply cannot cope with.

‘I believe that this location on the outskirts of Portumna is the most dangerous stretch of this 40 km route, which runs from the M6 north of Loughrea to Borrisokane in Co. Tipperary. The danger is exacerbated by the fact that this road regularly has to be crossed by residents of the local retirement village and quite simply, if the dangers that exist on this route are not addressed, an elderly resident is going to be injured.

‘I have raised the matter with Galway County Council, with the Road Safety Authority and with the National Roads Authority, all of whom I believe have a role to play in addressing this serious road safety issue.  Traffic calming in this area will form part of the solution, but a safe pedestrian crossing will also have to be installed and this is something I will continue to push for.

‘Recently, residents in both Portumna Retirement Village and the wider community signed a petition to Galway County Council seeking to have this issue addressed and I commend them on the action taken to date and will continue to press for action to be taken on this safety issue at the earliest possible opportunity.’