Crowe welcomes new road safety signs for Westbury

Crowe welcomes new road safety signs for Westbury


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Cllr Cathal Crowe

East Clare councillor Cathal Crowe has welcomed the installation of new electronic speed detector signs in the Westbury estate.

The solar-powered detector signs are positioned at 2 locations on the main distributor road through the estate.

As cars approach, their speed will be displayed electronically on the sign. The signs are intended to act as a deterrent to speeding and have so far worked very effectively in suburban areas of Limerick and Ennis.

With more than 1,000 houses Westbury is one of the largest housing estates in Munster. There are several large sub-estates (Clonard, Riverdale and Bruachlan to name but a few) with the development and all are served by a long, weaving distributor road.

“Sections of the distributor road have been made intentionally narrow and chicane bends have been created along other sections to reduce the ability of motorists to build up speed. These road design measures have only had a limited effect over the years and as a local politician I felt that there was a need to do something more,” Cllr Crowe said.

“I spoke vociferously on the issue at several meetings of the Shannon Municipal District and urged Council engineers to set aside some funding for traffic calming measures in Westbury.

There have been several bad road traffic accidents within the estate so hopefully these new detector signs will further caution drivers to slow down. Westbury has also been chosen by Clare County Council as a pilot estate for a new 30km/hr speed limit. Signage advising of this reduced speed limit has been ordered and should be installed in the coming weeks,” he added.

Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.