Local Fianna Fáil TD Eugene Murphy has hit out at the lack of action by the Transport Infrastructure Ireland to introduce traffic calming measures along sections of the N61 between Roscommon and Athlone.
Commenting on the issue Eugene Murphy said that there were a number of dangerous locations and particularly busy junctions along the N61 from Roscommon Town to Athlone which urgently required traffic calming measures in a bid to make the route safer for motorists and residents in the area.
“There area number of locations along the N61 route which are particularly dangerous and need more traffic calming measures including junctions at the Hodson Bay, St Brigid’s GAA Club and the turnoff for Kilteevan just past Knockcroghery village. This is a very busy national route with a considerable amount of traffic.” He went on to say that “additional signposting and traffic calming measures are needed at a number of locations but the Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) has ignored the calls by Roscommon County Council, local TDs, councillors and community groups etc to address this issue.”
“There is an onus on the TII to engage with the Local Authority to address these very real concerns as there are a number of schools, cemeteries, churches, football pitches etc which are affected. Traffic calming measures and additional signposting needs to be urgently introduced at a number of locations along this route to make the N61 stretch from Roscommon to Athlone as safe as possible for all road users,” concluded Deputy Murphy.