Councillor Seamus Coyle recently raised a concern in relation to speeding vehicles on the Castleblayney Road. The mid Monaghan representative raised the matter with Monaghan County Council, asking the following question:

“Could Monaghan County Council examine the installation of additional Traffic Calming Measurers/speed control on the Castleblayney Road, Ballybay(R183) as serious concern is being expressed by residents/pedestrians etc. at the speed of traffic on this stretch of roadway, which has seen many accidents, a fatality in one case.  There are many walkers on the footpath, including residents, persons going out to Pearse Park GAA Grounds and the much used Town Park, many of whom walk in the Town Park doing a loop of the town including Main Street Ballybay & concluding by walking out the Castleblayney Road.

The council provided the following answer: “Along this section of road, there are currently ramps, road markings, public lighting, feedback signage and footpaths.

Monaghan County Council have recently adopted a new Traffic Calming Policy earlier this year.  Ballybay Clones Municipal District will arrange for traffic surveys to be carried out along this stretch to collect data to determine the level of violations along this stretch.  The collated data will be made available to An Garda who will determine if the location warrants the requirement for a speed van at this location”.