Bollards erected to prevent motorists from crossing from Grey’s Lane onto Anne Street or Park Street
New bollards have been erected preventing motorists from exiting Grey’s Lane, beside ToolFix on Dublin Street, onto Anne Street or Park Street.
The bollards were erected by Louth County Council following representations from local councillor Maria Doyle at the recent meeting of the Dundalk Municipal District Committee.
While motorists will still be able to exit Grey’s Lane and turn left onto Dublin Street, they will no longer be able to cross the road, a move which Cllr Doyle feels will improve safety for pedestrians and road users alike.
She said: “At the November meeting of the Dundalk Municipal District, I tabled a motion calling on the Council to carry out a safety audit at the Grey’s Lane Dublin Street entrance/exit. It wasn’t the first time I’d raised this issue as I’ve received many complaints over the past few years from local people who have concerns about road and footpath safety relating to the lane.
“As you may know, cars have been able to exit the lane and cross over two or three lanes of traffic without sufficient view of oncoming traffic and often crossing over the path of cars who have a green light going from Park Street to Anne Street or Dublin Street to Park Street.
“The Council are not in a position to close access to the lane as it is private, but they did look at the concerns raised and as a result, have now installed bollards on the mid-section outside Utopia hair salon/Grant’s Shop. To improve safety for footpath users, they have also put markings on the footpath to make pedestrians aware of traffic exiting the lane.
“Motorists will still be able to exit the lane and turn left safely onto Dublin Street, but will no longer be able to cross over onto Anne Street or Park Street.
“These measures are not designed to inconvenience people but to ensure the road is safe for all roads users and pedestrians,” said Cllr Doyle.