Cllr Edel Corrigan: Unofficial Car Pool Parking Causing Issues with Residents

Sinn Féin Councillor Edel Corrigan has raised the issue of the unofficial parking taking place on the N53 Castleblayney Road in Dundalk.

Cllr Corrigan said “I have been contacted by a number of residents on this road directly off the M1 roundabout intersection. Some time ago yellow box and double yellow lines were installed to facilitate local residents having clear visibility on turning to their homes from the main road. However, there is now a significant increase in the volume of persons parking their cars on that road to car pool to Dublin and the no parking in the boxes and double yellow lines are no longer being adhered to.”

A second issue was also raised by Edel Corrigan.

“There is also a significant increase in the amount of waste being discarded in this area, from builder’s waste to food and general waste which residents believe to be coming from those parking in the area. I contacted the Council regarding this and welcome the fact that they have already completed a clean-up of the area.”

Cllr Corrigan is seeking longer term solutions to the unofficial parking but unfortunately because of the remoteness of the area from the town, the use of traffic wardens who are on foot, would be unsuitable.

Cllr Corrigan said “Infrastructure are investigating the establishing of proper park and ride facilities for the longer term so hopefully that will alleviate the issues around this particular area.”

Sharkey – Road Markings Make N53 Road More Dangerous

Tomas Sharkey PhotoSinn Féin Councillor Tomás Sharkey has criticised new road markings on the Castleblayney Road (N53) and says that they will make ‘an already dangerous stretch of road more lethal to motorists.’

Tomás Sharkey said “In recent days the continuous white line on the centre of the N53 has been removed at Rassan, Phillipstown and Rathmore and replaced by a broken white line. This in effect gives motorists licence to overtake on a busy road where there are junctions onto minor roads.
“There has been a lot of controversy over the safety of the new junctions at Rathmore and Phillipstown. Motorists are finding it very difficult to come from side roads onto the main road due to speeding and the absence of filter lanes and right – turning boxes.
“I see no justifiable reason for this recent work. It is going to increase the dangers to road users. I have asked the County Council officials to provide reports as to why this work has taken place and we are all awaiting this information from the National roads Authority.”

Sharkey Seeking Safety Audit Of N53 Junction

SF Tomas Sharkey 3Sinn Féin County Councillor Tomas Sharkey is seeking a full safety audit of new junctions that were created on the N53 last year.

The Louth County Councillor said “Last year a lot of money was spent on this new road. Before it was even finished the local community knew that the junctions at Milltown and Phillipstown would be unsafe and I agreewith them. There are no right turning boxes, filter lanes or continuous white lines at these junctions and accidents occur on an almost weekly basis.
“I believe that the engineers and the NRA who were involved in this project need to admit that more work is needed to make the road safe for users. I have taken the unusual step of tabling a motion mandating the Director of Services to carry out a review of this work because my concerns and the public’s concerns are falling on deaf ears.”