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Tuesday 21 October 2014

Dangerous roads forcing pupils to use bus or car

Published 21/11/2012 | 10:19

THE VAST majority of schoolchildren in Duleek travel to school by bus or car, despite the fact that almost 90 per cent of them live less than two miles from the schools complex.

Although most would like to cycle to school, they are now allowed due to speeding traffic and dangerous roads.

Meath East TD Dominic Hannigan has revealed he is working with local parents to resolve traffic management problems in the village.

He congratulated the parents group on their recent survey which asked almost 400 pupils attending Duleek's boys and girls NS how they travel to school and why.

' The results show 86 per cent of Duleek's children travel by bus or car even though most of them live less than two miles from the school,' the Labour TD told the Drogheda Independent.

' The majority of children (60 per cent) said they want to walk or cycle to school and would if they could. However they feel they can't because the roads around the school are too busy and too dangerous and their parents won't allow them.'

Deputy Hannigan has written to Meath County Council asking for a review of traffic management beside the Garda Station at the Navan Road junction in Duleek.

'I am delighted that Duleek parents have carried out this survey. It show a community prepared to take action. I am asking the council to take note of their ideas and carry out a review of the pedestrian crossings in the village and whether they could be better located,' Deputy Hannigan concluded.

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