Locals live in constant fear of a serious accident at the dangerous junctions of the L2063 to Kinlough and the L2059 in Tullaghan which are within the confines of “the questionable traffic calming zone put in place in by the National Roads Authority” on the N15 at Tullaghan village, says Councillor Justin Warnock.
“Having raised this issue with Leitrim County Council on behalf of the local residents, an issue that has been raised in the past by a former Councillor, nothing has been done by the NRA to alleviate their concerns,” Cllr Warnock told the Democrat.
“The residents of this village want the speed limit reduced from 100 km to 50 km per hour in the interest of road safety for motorist and pedestrians,” he said.
The north Leitrim councillor, elected in the June local elections, says he feels it is his duty to now highlight what he says is a very serious issue:
“I can no longer stand idly by and wait until a serious traffic accident happens or a child is knocked down while crossing this road to the village’s only shop to buy a packet of sweets.
He claims that on the entire route from Derry to Galway, the only place where there isn’t a reduced speed limit is Tullaghan and he has asked why this is the case:
“The N15 is part of the national primary route between the cities of Derry and Galway and carries heavy volumes of traffic every day. One has to ask why is Tullaghan the only village on this route which has no reduced speed limit.”
Cllr Warnock said he expects traffic volumes to actually increase on the road in 2015 when promotion of the Wild Atlantic Way begins to kick in and visitors from Europe and elsewhere arrive in their thousands to enjoy what coastal areas have to offer to the tourist:
“While Leitrim still waits for its ‘Wild Atlantic Way’ signage, the number of tourists that will pass through Tullaghan, our only coastal village while travelling to Donegal or Sligo, will rocket in the coming year.
“It is now time for the NRA to put these speed restrictions in place in the interest of road safety,” Councillor Warnock added.