Residents demand council ‘honour commitment’ to fix ‘death trap’ road

Pedestrians are taking their lives in their hands if they walk at Maunsells Road when there is traffic coming in both directions.

Pedestrians are taking their lives in their hands if they walk at Maunsells Road when there is traffic coming in both directions.

The Galway City Council must honour commitments made in 2008 to tackle the problem of a “death trap” stretch of road that is putting lives of pedestrians and school children at risk.

This is the view of residents and parents in the Maunsells Road/Taylor’s Hill area. They fear that a 50 metre stretch of Maunsells Road which leads up to the junction with Taylor’s Hill is “an accident waiting to happen”, because there is no footpath and it is “too narrow for pedestrians to pass safely when cars are driving in both directions”.

According to the residents, research by the Galway City Council shows more than 6,000 cars per day travel along this road. It also shows that 50 per cent of cars travelling down Taylor’s Hill turn left onto Maunsells Road, and along the stretch of road where there is no footpath.

“We received a commitment from the Galway City Council in June 2008 that this and other road safety and traffic management issues in our area would be addressed,” said a spokesperson for the Mauneslls Road/Park Residents’ Association. “Yet on a daily basis our children have to continue to take their hands in their lives as they make their way to school.”

The spokesperson was also critical of the city councillors commitment to the issue.

“With one notable exception, we haven’t seen a councillor on our street since the local elections last June,” the spokesperson said. “We need to see this dangerous junction sorted, we need to see it sorted before someone gets hurt, and we need to see councillors show concern for the safety of their constituents.”

The AGM of the Maunsells Road/Park Residents Association takes place in The Ardilaun hotel on Friday February 26 at 8pm. All local residents are welcome.

 

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