Across recent weeks, North Inner City residents who frequently use the junction at Summerhill Parade, Portland Row and the North Circular Road have been in contact with me expressing their fears about pedestrian and road safety there. Too many road traffic accidents have occurred here, and it was only four years ago, where a young man died as a result of a car crash.
On foot of this, I have been liaising with Traffic Engineers and officials in the Transport Advisory Group with a view to ensuring that pedestrian safety is enhanced. My over-riding objective is to ensure that full pedestrian crossings are installed at each of the four legs of this junction. As many residents would know there are only two at present, which is not sufficient or acceptable, given how busy this particular junction is.
I can now report, that following my intervention, Dublin City Council has committed that this junction has now been short-listed for inclusion in a Programme of Works with regards to the installation of a full wraparound pedestrian crossing. This is a very welcome step and I will continue working on the project until we have a specific timeframe for the delivery of these works and their implementation.
Furthermore, it is envisaged that during detail design stage of the works programme an independent Road Safety Audit will be carried out. I can also confirm that the City Council will ensure that a Road Safety Audit is carried out in this regard.
Throughout the course of this month, I will be pursuing the matter until I have a timeframe for the works involved.
Do get in touch with me, however, if you have any particular questions or queries arising from the details outlined above.
Fine Gael Councillor - North Inner City
Chair, Urban Form & Planning Strategic Policy Committee