A PROPOSAL to introduce traffic calming measures and a pedestrian crossing on the R675 between the roundabout near Applegreen in Tramore and the main Riverstown roundabout has been passed. At a sitting of the Metropolitan Council on Thursday, June 25 in WIT Arena, the motion was proposed by Cllr. Eamon Quinlan (FF) and seconded by Cllr. Jim Griffin (SF).
The proposal, having been passed at Council level, will now move onto the public consultation stage, which means that members of the public are urged to view the plans online and to make submissions in respect of the proposal.
Some months ago, Waterford Council met with Tramore AFC to walk the grounds and identify the most important issues in the area. Tramore AFC reported to Cllr. Quinlan that numerous near misses involving small children had occurred and that ensuring their safety in crossing the road was their number one priority going forward.
“We identified that illegal parking was happening on match day, the place is overrun on those days with 400 children and at least 100 adults. The main road itself brings in tens of thousands of people regularly, it’s a very busy road so we look forward to this scheme moving forward.” said Cllr. Quinlan after the the Metropolitan meeting last Thursday.
He cited the potential present in the Club for holding European level games, and noted the current parking situation as inhibiting that potential going forward.
With that in mind, lined parking bays will be facilitated on both sides of the road, with a line of set-down-only bays outside the club’s car park.
A raised pedestrian crossing, with a flashing Zebra crossing is proposed between the entrance to Tramore AFC carpark, and the exit to safely facilitate road crossing for club users.
An alteration to the entrance and exit of the soccer club is also planned as part of the proposal which was passed on Thursday last. This alteration will see one entrance and exit combined, to create a fluid system for drop-offs.
The traffic calming scheme will incorporate shared space for pedestrians and cyclists on both sides of the road between both roundabouts. This will see rubber kerbs used intermittently to provide additional protection and safety.
It will no longer be possible to overtake or veer into the other lane of traffic, those wishing to turn around, must use the roundabout to do so.
Cllr. Quinlan urged the public to make their support of the scheme known, by lodging submissions with Waterford Council, commenting that supportive feedback is just as important as oppositional feedback in respect of a proposal.
The scheme will cost in the region of €60,000 and is expected to be one of the largest spends in Tramore in the coming year by Waterford Council if passed, following the public consultation stage.