Red light spells danger on busy roadway

The traffic lights on East Avenue Road facing the Franciscan Friary

TRAFFIC is getting backlogged and pedestrians are finding it increasingly difficult to cross a busy road because of the speed at which traffic lights change from red to green, a meeting of Killarney Municipal District Council has heard.

The situation on East Avenue Road, immediately in front of the Franciscan Friary and close to the turn-off to Killarney Railway Station, was highlighted by Cllr Donal Grady who asked officials to put a system in place to allow more time for traffic to flow as the lights turn to red too quickly.

Cllr Donal Grady: Highlighted the issue

Cllr Brendan Cronin said problems were also arising for pedestrians who have to move very swiftly to cross the road at the crossing servicing four junctions.

Traffic coming from Park Road and Lewis Road or College Street turn right onto the roadway while drivers coming from East Avenue Road have the option of turning left towards the courthouse and right to Park Road.

“Pedestrians are getting caught midway across the road. It’s a real problem for those that might be shoving on in years or people who are trying to cross there with kids or with a walker or a buggy,” Cllr Cronin said.

Killarney Municipal District Engineer, John Ahern, said the solution is to provide a more modern traffic lights system that can cater for both traffic and pedestrians and the matter will be explored.