Donegal County Council to review traffic calming measures in Donegal village

Residents alarmed at speed of vehicles

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Donegal County Council to review traffic calming measures in Castlefinn

File photo - concerns at the speed at which cars are driving into Castlefinn have been raised.

Donegal County are to review the existing traffic calming measures in Castlefinn following claims that vehicles are exceeding the speed limit on the approaches to the town.

The issue was raised by Sinn Féin Councillor Gary Doherty at the last meeting of the Stranorlar Municipal District.

Speaking today, Cllr Doherty said "Many residents of Castlefinn have become alarmed at the speed at which vehicles are entering the village from both the Ballybofey and Lifford directions. I am now very concerned that the existing traffic calming infrastructure is no longer adequate to slow vehicles down and that an accident is imminent.

"Vehicles are entering the village at 100 kmph plus and they are putting pedestrians in danger. On the Lifford side of the village we have the newly re-opened CPI complex, which houses the Doctor's Surgery, Chemist and Childcare facility. Then on the Ballybofey side we have St Mary's National School and pedestrians are necessarily crossing the road at both locations.

"I am concerned that unless action is taken we will see a serious accident here. As a result, I raised this issue at the last meeting of the Stranorlar Municipal District and I am happy to say that Donegal County Council have taken my views on board and have requested a safety audit at both locations to try and find a safe solution to these issues.

"As we know, the County-wide Speed Limit Review has been ongoing throughout 2016, but unfortunately many motorists are ignoring the speed limit altogether as they enter Castlefinn and that is completely unacceptable. I believe it is imperative that we take action now before something serious does happen."