Meath West TD Peadar Toíbin has highlighted the issues concerning a dangerous junction where the Navan and Athboy roads meet in Trim.
Tóibín told Meath Live, “Myself and my office had been in contact throughout the past year with both Meath County Council and the local Garda station in Trim to raise our concerns about this junction.I had met with concerned residents in the area at location and listened to their concerns that they felt they were not being taken seriously by Meath County Council following a number of regular collisions at the junction.
“We had stressed to Meath County Council the need to take on board the concerns of the residents in the area and the proposed road safety measures that residents in the area felt were needed to try to reduce the number of collisions at the location.
“Sad to say quite frankly there seems to be a lot of buck passing from Meath County Council Road section to take the concerns seriously, and the response that was being indicated to us by the Council is that collisions are due to poor driving behaviour and it was the responsibility of the Gardaí to enforce it.
“When we had contacted the local Garda station at Trim they did inform us they were aware of the frequent collisions at the junction, but were slightly at a loss as to what to suggest to help alleviate the problem. We did also mention that Meath County Council had suggested it was their responsibility, but residents from the area had been repeatedly asking Meath County Council to at least put barriers in place at the junction in the interests of pedestrian safety. Local Gardaí in Trim did think this measure might be necessary, but that this was a responsibility for the Council”.
Tóibín continued “We had again contacted Meath County Council and yet again they informed us that local Gardaí in Trim had never raised with them any concerns about the junction, but indicated they would bring it up at their next Joint Policing Committee meeting.
We are urging Meath County Council to finally take action on this life threatening junction. We do hope the young person involved makes a full recovery”.