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Busy Donore Road is 'just not safe'

FOOTPATHS AND WHITE LINES BADLY NEEDED

HUBERT MURPHY

Published 21/11/2012 | 10:19

Cllr. Frank Godfrey is calling for increased safety measures on the Drogheda to Donore Road, a popular route for those travelling to Newgrange.

THE DONORE ROAD out of Drogheda is in a deplorable state and a life will be lost if Meath County Council does not take action.

The road is getting increasingly busy, given its the main route to Newgrange, but lacks a footpath and even white lines in some areas.

' Thousands of pedestrian visitors use this road on their way to the historic site of Newgrange each year and there is no footpath or even pathway when you leave Drogheda for Donore. It is exceedingly dangerous,' stated local councillor Frank Godfrey.

He would like to see the route to Newgrange become a designated walking and cycle route.

'People love to walk here because of the ancient history that abounds. But it's just not safe.'

Tour buses are constantly on it as well as heavy trucks, some of which are using it to avoid the nearby toll.

'Maybe those in charge of the tolls, Indaver and Irish Cement, would consider donating towards safety measures on the road as they are major companies in the vicinity,' he asked.

He has written to Meath County Council expressing his concerns at the situation.

'We have a great chance with this stretch of road to create a wonderful walking area for local people and visitors and hopefully the council will act on it.

'I live here and use the road a lot and see so many vehicles on it and meet people from various parts of the world out walking. I just fear something will happen,' he stated.

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