Moves to tackle chaos at the school gates

There is chaos in the morning and evenings at school drop-off and collection times

A WARNING has been sounded that someone will be killed unless action is taken to sort out the traffic chaos that occurs at Lower New Street and on New Road during drop-off and collection times at the local schools.

The matter was raised by Cllr Niall O’Callaghan who asked for all the stakeholders to be brought together to consolidate a park and walk scheme that will help solve the problem.

He said the situation on roadways like the Bishop’s Path,adjacent to St Mary’s Catjedral, is an accident waiting to happen and the problem is being cause by parents determined to drop and collect their children as close as possible to the school gates.

St Brigid’s Secondary School students taking part in a cycling skills workshop include Lucy O’Sullivan, Dave Brookes, An Taisce, Cliodhna Sweeney, Cliona Doolan and teacher and Green Schools Coordinator Sheree Murphy

“It’s like the Rally of the Lakes there in the morning,” said Cllr O’Callaghan who added that students are being forced to stand into muck at the side of the road by cars travelling at considerable speed along the narrow Bishop’s Path.

Cllr Brendan Cronin said there are more than 2,000 children walking in the area at school time and unless something is done, somebody is going to be killed or seriously injured.

Cllr Niall O’Callaghan

“People are giving the two fingers to everyone else by blatantly ignoring the system and the rules of the road,” he said.

Killarney Municipal District Council officials said they will arrange a meeting with the various schools with the intention of developing proposals around sustainable transport initiatives for those travelling to and from schools.

A Section 38 proposal for changes to New Road will be put on public display in the coming weeks and that will reduce the number of cars going against traffic on the road while the one-way system is in operation.

St Brigid’s Secondary School recently launched innovative walk to school and cycle to school initiatives to encourage more students to be more active.

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