Calls have been reiterated for a school traffic warden to be employed for Tullyallen National School, after figures amassed by locals in the community found high instances of speeding along main street in the village.
Councillor Michelle Hall of Drogheda Borough District has again requested that a school traffic warden be at the primary school, which has just seen pupils return for the 2020/21 academic year. As of last year, there were just short of 500 pupils in attendance at the school.
Earlier this year, Cllr Hall tabled a motion requesting that traffic calming measures to be introduced in Tullyallen including at the vicinity of the school. She requested that a traffic and speed survey was carried out to assess whether or not traffic calming measures could be introduced in the area around the school.
She suggested that ramps, pedestrian crossings and signs could be installed around Tullyallen NS, Watery Lane which leads to the main R168 Drogheda Road and the shops further along Main Street. There is a 50km per hour speed limit on Main Street, but locals have detected instances of vehicles driving at 74km per hour on the stretch.
Local resident Ann Carolan, representing the Tullyallen Road Safety Committee, has previously presented to the Drogheda Borough Council on the dangers of speeding on the road and the needs of the community.
“A recent traffic and speed count in Tullyallen has found that there is consistently speeding through the main thoroughfare. This is unacceptable with a large primary school located on this street,” Cllr Hall said in a statement. “As a more immediate measure to help alleviate the issue, I have asked the council to employ a school traffic warden.
“This will ensure that students can safely cross until such time that the new roadworks budget will hopefully allocate funds for a pedestrian crossing in 2021, as per my motion.
“Next week will be a difficult time for parents particularly in Tullyallen, with schools reopening but also roadworks on the N51 may see increased traffic through the village. I am asking motorists to exercise extreme caution when driving along this route. ”
Louth County Council have advised that roadworks will see the N51 Drogheda to Slane Road closed to traffic on Wednesday September 2 and Thursday September 3.