Kilduff says people power can help achieve action over N61 concerns




Independent candidate Donal Kilduff says traffic calming measures are required on the N61 in the interests of public safety.

  “The N61 is a national primary road from Athlone to Roscommon and on to Boyle. In recent years the level of traffic on the road has increased significantly to a point where safety is now a major concern for motorists. I live along the N61 and witness first-hand the level of traffic each day and particularly at peak times. It is clear that traffic calming measures are required in some locations and proper turning lanes are required at many junctions in the interest of public safety”.

  Mr. Kilduff added: “To be fair to all the existing elected members of Roscommon County Council, they have been calling for action on the N61 for many years and some improvement works have taken place but much more needs to be done.

  “Roscommon County Council is anxious to proceed with the necessary works without delay but they require sanction and funding from Transport Infrastructure Ireland or TII to proceed. TII are dragging their heels and do not seem to be taking the matter as seriously as it should be. Maybe TII would respond more timely to public safety concerns and representations from local authorities if the government provided sufficient funds”.

  He continued: “To be honest I do not believe that any newly-elected councillor will be able to lobby TII any harder that the current councillors have done. I do however believe in people power and that the public can help to drive this issue forward”.

  Towards this end, Mr. Kilduff has prepared a short video highlighting the level of traffic on the road and noting the dangers particularly at peak times.

  “I am asking you the public to like, share and comment on this video on my Facebook page Donal Kilduff Election Candidate as a sign of your concern and desire for immediate action on the issue.

  “If elected to Roscommon County Council, I would use your level of engagement and feedback as leverage when in talks with TII and it would send a clear and powerful message that the public are extremely concerned about their safety on the N61 and it is high time for TII and the government to get the finger out and take immediate action”.