TULLAMORE Town Council Cathaoirleach Councillor Sinead Dooley has welcomed the commencement of the cycle lane which Offaly County Council recently received funding for from the National Roads Authority and the removal of the traffic islands on Sragh Road.
Cllr Dooley commented, “The funding which was allocated by the NRA will enable the Council to proceed with the provision of a cycle lane from Arden Road at Scally’s Shop, the Burlington Road onto Sragh/Rahan Road continuing along the ring road to the National Schools and the train station.
“Cycle lanes are the way forward and this is the first stage of a bigger plan for Tullamore. Obviously it would have been better all around if funding had come through earlier and work could have been carried out over the summer period while schools were closed, but I have been assured by the council that work will be carried out as speedily as possible and with as little disruption as possible.”
Cllr Dooley added, “On a personal level I am also delighted with this work as I have been campaigning with my neighbours on the Rahan Road for sometime to have the traffic islands removed from the centre of the road as they have been a constant danger since the day they were installed.
“When Consultants were employed to carry out the land use and transportation study, I went door to door seeking submissions from neighbours and there was unanimous agreement that these traffic islands are a hazard and should be removed. Thankfully, work has now commenced and they will be removed within the next two to three weeks and replaced with a cycle lane.”