A new pedestrian bridge in Carrick-on-Shannon town centre is needed as a matter of urgency, according to Deputy Frank Feighan. He has had discussions with the Leitrim County Manager on the matter and said that there is a shared realisation of the necessity for a new pedestrian bridge, straddling the River Shannon in the town centre of Carrick. ‘Residents and visitors alike will know how difficult it is for pedestrians crossing the road in the centre of the town. The current bridge structure is too narrow for particularly large vehicles to meet on, never mind accommodating pedestrians. ‘While the new traffic layout, encompassing a mini-roundabout and one-way system has greatly reduced traffic congestion and traffic flow in the town centre, pedestrians are still at great risk crossing the road at this location. ‘It is vital therefore, that Leitrim County Council proceed with a new footbridge, which will eliminate the risks pedestrians are being forced to endure. Otherwise, it is only a matter of time before an accident takes place in the town centre. ‘I appreciate the development of a new pedestrian bridge will create design challenges for planners and local engineers, however if Carrick’ is to develop to its full potential, without risking the well-being of pedestrians, then this development is essential’, Deputy Feighan argued.