Digital speed signs wanted for Castlepark Road says community activist

Ballybane community activist Donal Lynch is looking for better speed signs in the area. Photo:- Mike Shaughnessy.

Ballybane community activist Donal Lynch is looking for better speed signs in the area. Photo:- Mike Shaughnessy.

Two digital speed signs need to be installed on the Castlepark Road before someone is injured, says community activist Donal Lynch.

Mr Lynch says it is a regular occurrence that motorists break the 50 km/h speed limit, but there are no signs stating the speed limit at present.

"There are no speed signs on [the Castlepark Road], leading from GMIT, passing the church in Ballybane, and ending at the T junction at Ballybrit, meeting the Old Monivea Road. This road is a main artery leading traffic in from east Galway and there is nothing to tell [motorists] the speed," he says.

"There is a large population of elderly and young families resident in the area along with a church, library, shops, and a HSE day hospital plus a number of bus stops and school bus drop offs, so there is a lot of activity on the road. Cars come up the road at great speed and there has been a number of near misses and major accidents.

"All you have to do is stand on the road [to see the speed of motorists]."

Lynch, who ran as a Fine Gael candidate for Galway City East during the 2019 Local Election, says the installation of speed signs on the road was brought up by many residents during his time canvassing.

"[The issue of speed signs] was something that came up on the doorstep when I canvassed. I have written to the Department of Transport and will be lobbying the city council on this matter. I believe this speed control measure would be welcomed by residents and two signs would be sufficient on this road."

A spokesperson for the Galway City Council said members of the public can make a submission for the placement of speed signs by contacting the local authority directly or through one of the area's elected members.

 

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