ELDERLY people bringing their grandchildren to visit Killarney House and Gardens have to “do an old-time waltz between cars” as they struggle to cross the road safely, Kerry County Council officials have been told.
The lack of a pedestrian crossing in the vicinity of the attraction on Mission Road has again been highlighted by Mayor of Killarney, Cllr Michael Gleeson, who said he can’t understand why action has not been taken to rectify the situation.
He said Killarney House and Gardens is a wonderful attraction that should be enjoyed by all but safe access is proving very difficult on a very busy road.
“The present situation is a danger to people’s well-being and it is disrespectful to visitors,” the mayor said.
Cllr Brendan Cronin said there are two major car parks close by yet there is no proper facility to enable people to cross the road without the risk of an accident.
Killarney Municipal District Engineer, John Ahern, said Kerry County Council had previously carried out a traffic count at the location and it determined a need for a pedestrian crossing.
It is located on a national secondary road which falls under the remit of Transport Infrastructure Ireland and, following consultations, the provision of the pedestrian crossing has been placed on hold pending the construction of the Muckross Road-Hahah safety scheme which is due to commence in the first quarter of this year.
“The TII has agreed, in principle, with a pedestrian crossing and they have looked at a preliminary design,” Mr Ahern said.
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