*Photograph: Joe Buckley

CALLS have been made to “expedite” works on the improved design measures for Bóthar na Rinne in Shannon Town.

In a proposal before Tuesday’s meeting of the Shannon Municipal District, Cllr Gerry Flynn (IND) urged Clare County Council “to expedite the work on the improved design measures for Bóthar na Rinne in Shannon Town that includes off road parking, installation of speed cushions, additional pedestrian crossings and additional signage”.

Senior executive engineer in the Shannon MD, Tom Mellett in a written response outlined, “following approval of a Section 38 of the Roads Traffic Act submission in January 2024, additional traffic calming works on this road have been scheduled for Q2 of this year”.

Speaking on Tuesday, Cllr Flynn commented, “The reply says work will commence in Q2 which is April, May or June. Could we narrow it down to which month, April is desirable, we’ve a lot of roads where people are concerned”.

Cllr Flynn added, “we’ve a situation where Gardaí are not doing speed checks”. His proposal was seconded by Cllr Donna McGettigan (SF).

At the September meeting of the Shannon MD, proposed traffic calming works were debated for Cluain Airne and Tradaree Court in Shannon with plans drawn up by engineers in the local authority.

Speaking at that meeting, Cllr Flynn said an additional speed cushion before the bend on the road and a solid white line from the roundabout at Bóthar na Rinne had been requested by residents. He said he would not support the scheme if the measures were not included. “A number of people have said I’m holding it up, I’m not, I want to get it right,” he stated.

Mellett committed to progressing a separate Section 38 notice to incorporate those changes. He advised that a Section 38 could be presented at a later meeting, which it was in January.

At this sitting in January, Cllr Flynn thanked the senior engineer for the “additional bit of work in relation to trying to create a better plan than what was produced the first time”. He believed the planned additional speed cushion by Shannon Hibs was to be welcomed, “I hope it proceeds as soon as possible”. He proposed the works which were seconded by Cllr McGettigan.

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