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Pedestrian's close call sparks safety probe near campus

An investigation has been launched into the operating of road works around the new Grangegorman campus after a near-miss between a pedestrian and a car.

A senior engineer in Dublin City Council (DCC) has asked Grangegorman Development Agency (GGDA) and building contractors Roadbridge to investigate the matter.

A pedestrian, who is also a resident in the area, was attempting to cross at the North King Street and Church Street junction while road works were being carried out.

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As he crossed at a green man two cars and a bicycle broke the light causing the man to jump back.

In correspondence seen by the Herald it was stated that road users were breaking lights to "compensate" for the road works.

DCC granted a temporary road closure order for North King Street between August 2, and August 17, last. The order was granted to facilitate works, including the construction a water pipeline.

The pipeline is "necessary," said the DCC engineer to allow the opening of the campus next September.

Dublin Institute of Technology will house 1,000 students in Grangegorman from September 8, as part of Phase 1 of the new campus's development.

Works on the site and on surrounding roads have been ongoing all summer.

Residents in the area have been up in arms over the level of disturbance they are enduring.

"The work starts at 7am and doesn't finish until 7pm," said Noel Kinsella whose home is at the site perimeter.

Lee Stott, who has lived on Grangegorman Road Lower for the last 17 years and has a number of young children, is concerned about the road works and the safety of his kids.

"The Grangegorman Development Agency works with all of the contractors onsite and with the surrounding community to ensure that there is minimum impact on the surrounding neighbourhood," said a spokesman for the GGDA.

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In the correspondence about the road works matter it was stated that the pedestrian was "almost knocked down."

Furthermore, it was claimed that he received an "unprofessional response," from a worker at the site.

The DCC engineer said that there can be no excuse for the breaking of the rules of the road nor for bad manners.

"There is no justification for breaking of rules of the road witnessed by (the pedestrian). Nor can rudeness, from a member of the work team to (the pedestrian), be condoned," read the correspondence.

jfegan@herald.ie


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