Minister Welcomes Approval of funding for Zebra Crossing in Lucan
Local Fine Gael T.D., Minister Frances
Fitzgerald, has welcomed the allocation of €50,000 from the Department of
Transport, Tourism and Sport for the installation of zebra crossings including one on
Griffeen Avenue in Lucan.
“It is great that funding has now been allocated
to the installation of a pedestrian crossing on Griffeen Avenue. €50,000 has
been made available today by my colleague Minister Varadkar. Residents and
public representatives alike have been calling for a crossing at this location
for years now. Almost two years ago I started an online petition asking
residents who supported the need to install a pedestrian crossing along this
road to let their views be known. I would like to thank all of those who signed
my petition and joined my campaign for this crossing. At long last, your efforts
have paid off,” said Minister Frances Fitzgerald.
Minister Fitzgerald also commended her Council
colleague Cllr. William Lavelle who has been campaigning on this issue kept this
topic firmly on the Council’s agenda.
“This zebra crossing is part of a pilot
programme of pedestrian crossings which will be introduced throughout South
Dublin County. Up until now we have only seen traffic lighted crossings
installed in our area and as these lights are much more expensive communities
have suffered serious delays in ensuring that pedestrians have safe access
points across busy roads such as Griffeen Avenue. I welcome the Council’s
decision to introduce zebra crossings to the area which will be accompanied by
amber flashing lights and built on ramps to ensure that traffic is slowed down
substantially and pedestrians are given a safe area to cross the road,”
“The go-ahead for this pedestrian crossing is a
major achievement for the area and will be a positive safety measure for
children and grownups alike who use this route. I would like to pay special
tribute to the efforts of the Cleary family who first brought the need for this
crossing to my attention and who know all too well the dangers posed by traffic
on this route to children in the area,” concluded Fitzgerald.