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RUANE WELCOMES MOVE TO STANDARDISE ROUNDABOUTS IN CASTLEBAR

Published: 25 September, 2013

Sinn Féin Councillor Thérèse Ruane, has welcomed the move to standardise roundabouts in Castlebar. Sin March 2010, Cllr. Ruane has been campaigning on this issue, arguing that that is a road safety issue and that Castlebar roundabouts must revert to standard, bringing the County town in line with the rest of the Country and making our town a safer town for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists.

Cllr. Ruane, a long campaigner on this issue, said:

"This is a really welcome move and I'm absolutely delighted that work will begin next week to standardise roundabouts in Castlebar and make our town a smarter travel town, a safer town for everyone. When Castlebar Town Councillors failed to back this move on two different occasions, in March 2010 and in September 2011, I vowed to continue to campaign on this issue until we acheived a successful outcome. A facebook page was set up and I received great back up from the general public, relevant groups, as well as driving instructors and I have to say this is great news for Castlebar and indeed for motorists visiting this town.

"Roundabouts in Castlebar are downright dangerous as they are. Each roundabout is different to the next one. It is particularly dangerous for drivers of articulated trucks, more vulnerable users such as cyclists, motorcycles and pedestrians. They cause confusion and anxiety for learner drivers and difficulties for driving instructors teaching standard rules and then having to explain to learner drivers that 'different rules apply in Castlebar'. This will now come to an end next week when work will begin to revert roundabouts in Castlebar to standard markings.

"I would appeal to road users in Castlebar who have the habit of using the roundabouts as they currently are in Castlebar, to look up the Road Safety Authority website

http://www.rsa.ie/RSA/Road-Safety/Education/Road-safety-tips/Using-roundabouts/ to become familiar again with the correct use of roundabouts that will be coming into operation in Castlebar very shortly. I commend Mayo County Council for moving on this very important issue and making the County town a safer and smarter travel town." CRÍOCH.