The ongoing long traffic delays at a Carrick-on-Suir rail crossing have been raised with Public Transport Minister Alan Kelly after an ambulance travelling to a patient was left waiting at a rail crossing for up to 15 minutes.
Labour Senator Denis Landy along with local Labour councillors Bobby Fitzgerald and Sarah Dunne highlighted to the Minister local people’s concerns about emergency services vehicles getting delayed at the Cregg Road rail crossing when the gates are closed. The Senator also met with other local council members to discuss the problem at the crossing.
At the meeting with Minister Kelly, the Labour representatives called on him to ensure a more effective railway gate management system is put in place to reduce the traffic delays at the crossing when gates are closed for passing trains.
“We had a long discussion with the Minister and we have informed him in detail of the difficulties being experienced by residents in the area who are affected by the delays at the railway gates on a daily basis,” said Senator Landy.
“We have made a comprehensive submission to the Minister with regard to the Health & Safety issues of concern particularly that of emergency services such ambulance, fire brigade and river rescue attempting to reach the houses on the far side of the crossing gates”.
The senator said an ambulance was recently delayed in carrying out an emergency visit while trying to get to Cregg Lawns estate in Carrick on Suir on Tuesday afternoon. April 17. The ambulance was delayed by 12 to 15 minutes.
“This problem can not continue and must be resolved immediately before the loss of life.
“Iarnrod Eireann has a responsibility to the residents of the town to implement the necessary changes to ensure a more effective and safe railway gate crossing.
“I have made the Minister aware of this issue. The need for a safer and more reliable method of an effective railway gate management system which is presently not being adhered to must be addressed immediately as the present situation is totally unacceptable,” added the Senator.