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School at accident blackspot hopes for more road safety measures

The Rock NS

Another serious crash outside of a rural Laois school has people calling for more road safety measures on the busy road.

The Rock NS saw another serious road collision occur outside of its doors in early November, and councillors are calling for better safety measures on the Mountmellick to Emo road.

Cllr John Joe Fennelly asked Laois County Council to install speed ramps on the road following the crash.

“Huge safety work has already been done out there, but there was another serious accident in early November,” cllr Fennelly said at the latest Portlaoise Municipal District meeting.

“Whatever funding can be made available to make it safer is all I am asking. Ramps might be the answer.”

Cllr Catherine Fitzgerald supported cllr Fennelly’s motion, saying: “The speed of some lorries coming over that hill near the school is unbelievable.”

Also supporting the motion was cllr Willie Aird, who commented: “It’s not money that’s the problem, it’s the speed of traffic that’s the problem.”

Senior engineer Wes Wilkinson said that additional traffic-calming measures at The Rock NS such as ramps or traffic islands would also require a significant upgrade to the public lighting scheme at the school.

Mr Wilkinson said he would liaise with the council’s road design section to see if funding could be made available from the Department of Transport to cover a high cost safety scheme at the school.

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