Pedestrian crossings will be installed at three locations in the Knocknacarra area following funding of €500,000 being made available by the National Transport Agency to the Galway City Council.
The new crossings will be at the roundabout linking Bóthar Stiofáin to St John the Apostle National School; at the Clybaun Road roundabout linking the Upper Clybaun Road to the Lower Clybaun Road; and at the Ballymoneen Road roundabout linking the Upper Ballymoneen Road to the Lower Ballymoneen Road. Work will start in February/March.
The allocation comes after a long and active campaign by parents association representatives, school boards of management, and local councillors. Knocknacarra based Independent councillor Donal Lyons, in welcoming the funds, said better pedestrian facilities in the area have become “all the more relevant” since “the opening of St John the Apostle National School, with parents concerned “with the safety of children approaching the school from the Western Distributor Road”.
“This will also benefit students attending the newly opening Coláiste na Coiribe, who will be approaching the school from Ballymoneen Road,” he said.
The development has also been welcomed by Labour councillor Niall McNelis. “I hope works will start in early February and that this will make it easier for pedestrians to cross from their homes,” he said. “A road safety audit is also to take place on Clybaun Road for other proposed works.”