‘Someone will be killed’ – fears over road dangers at the new Loreto school and at Kyle Cross
PARENTS fear the absence of pedestrian crossings on the road outside the gates of the newly-opened Loreto school is ‘an accident waiting to happen’, putting students’ lives in danger.
And a concerned dad-of-five has launched a campaign over the junction at Kyle Cross where he believes ‘someone is going to be killed’ unless safety measures are put in place.
The new Loreto school opened last week to welcome almost 800 students, many of whom are forced to cross lanes of traffic leading to a roundabout to get to and from the school every morning and evening.
Cllr George Lawlor is among those calling for action. ‘It is clear now that pedestrian crossings are needed and we need to get them installed urgently,’ he said.
When contacted, a spokesperson for the council said they will be closely monitoring the situation over coming weeks.
Meanwhile, Crossabeg parent Darren Kenny is demanding action on the Kyle Cross junction, following a number of near misses, involving cars swerving around left-turning traffic into the right-turn lane.
Mr Kenny, who has called a public meeting in relation to the issue, says a roundabout should be installed at the junction as the safest possible solution.
THE LACK of a pedestrian crossing on a busy road outside the newly-opened Loreto secondary school in Wexford is putting the lives of students in danger, according to parents who are calling for improved safety measures in the area.
The school which opened a week ago is attended by 780 students, many of whom are forced to cross lanes of traffic leading to a roundabout to get to and from the school every morning and evening.
While there is a pedestrian crossing inside the school, there is nothing to regulate busy traffic outside the school and students have to rely on motorists voluntarily slowing down or stopping to let them pass.
One man who has a daughter attending Loreto said he was shocked to discover that there are no pedestrian crossings outside on the road in one of the busiest areas of traffic in the town and he spoke to the school authorities and the Council about the oversight.
He said he couldn’t understand why a pedestrian crossing wasn’t planned for when the school was being designed.
‘I’ve been told by the Council that it’s a question of money which they don’t have at the moment and they are monitoring it. But I think that’s not good enough’, he said.
‘It’s a free for all up there - all that the students can do is look right and left and then make a run for it. I know it’s only in the mornings and afternoons but when you look at where this school is located, it’s just common sense. There was a pedestrian crossing outside the old school’.
‘I wouldn’t like for someone to get hurt’ said the Wexford father who also highlighted a lack of parking for parents waiting to collect students from the school.
Many parents are parking in the car parks of business premises around the general area and waiting in their cars for students to make a dash across the road.
There is a set-down area inside the school gates for parents delivering students in the mornings but no place for them to park in the afternoons.
‘Last week, there were two security officers directing you to a set-down area and that’s fine’, he said.
Another parents described the situation as ‘an accident waiting to happen’ and also called on the local authority to erect pedestrian crossings in the area.
A year ago, while the Loreto school was still being built, members of Wexford District Council expressed concern that
no plans had been put in place at that stage to deal with anticipated parking and traffic problems in an area close to already-congested Whitford roundabout. One of those who made a call in September 2017 for a crossing to be installed because of the school’s location, was Cllr. George Lawlor.
‘At that time, they were wait- ing to see where the pinch points would be and where the crossing would be most needed,’ said Cllr. Lawlor.
‘The safety of the students is paramount and it is clear now that pedestrian crossings are needed and we need to get them installed urgently. It is potentially very dangerous,’ he said.
A Council spokesperson said the local authority’s Road Safety Officer and Borough Engineer have been in discussions with the Loreto school over the past few weeks, regarding ‘the management of the school-generated pedestrian traffic’ and will closely monitor the situation over the next few weeks to determine the most appropriate response.
Many Loreto students have to cross a busy junction each day.
Students crossing the busy road on the roundabout outside the new Loreto school.