Huge concerns over safety issues for commuters at Luas station

by Rebecca Ryan

Huge concerns have been expressed over safety issues for commuters coming off the Luas in Dundrum.

It has been reported that many pedestrians are walking down station’s steps straight onto the road with some close calls to oncoming traffic coming from Dundrum Office Park or the main street.

Sean, a regular Dundrum Luas user, told Dublin Gazette: “It’s not a case of if someone gets hit by a car then – but when.

“I often see cars pulling out of the business park there, and either the driver or people get a sudden shock at those gates when they nearly hit each other.

“People just come rushing down those steps, and run right out in front of the gates, which nobody seems to notice. It’s a miracle nobody’s gone under a car yet.”

Local Councillor Lettie Mc Carthy (LAB) said she has been in touch with the council about the “dangerous” situation and something needs to be done.

“This is a dangerous place to walk and I think pedestrians believe they have the area to themselves as they walk straight onto the road area without taking due care or looking out for traffic. 

“I have brought this to the attention of the Traffic Department who are also aware of the danger here. 

“It’s not just traffic coming from the office park but also traffic turning off the main road (into the office park). 

“I have asked dlr to devise safety measures at this area, either by erecting barriers or by road markings to remind all concerned that it is a shared road space.”

A spokesperson for Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council told Dublin Gazette:

“While there is a high volume of pedestrian traffic exiting the Luas stop heading toward Dundrum Village, there is a relatively low volume of vehicular traffic entering and exiting the Dundrum Office Park. 

“Due to the brick piers at the access to the Office Park, the inter-visibility of cars and pedestrians is limited. 

“This may give the impression that the area is a “shared surface” i.e. an area where pedestrians and vehicles share a low-speed area.  This is not the case.

“There is a footpath and a carriageway which are separated by a kerb. 

“Pedestrian should keep to the footpath and cross the carriageway with care. 

“The Council will examine the area to see what changes are needed to make the interaction between pedestrians and vehicles clearer and safer.”

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