Solution is in your hands

REGARDING the article about reducing the speed limit on Marmion Avenue near Quinns Road, (Community says need for speed reduction, May 20).

This is another ill-thought-out, knee-jerk reaction from a bunch of middle-class do-gooders who cannot come up with a real solution and would prefer to inconvenience tens of thousands of innocent business people travelling on that road every day than get their hands dirty and actually do something themselves to help.

Part of the problem is that past councils have bowed to pressure from rich churches to expand schools beyond the capacity of surrounding roads.

The McDonald’s has no bearing on the safety of schoolchildren at drop-off time since everyone without kids avoids the whole area between 7.30am and 9am and 2.30pm to 4pm.

Claims that traffic moves at 80km/h have obviously been made by someone who neither lives in the area nor has ever been stuck in the parking lot that Marmion Avenue becomes at that time.

I make this suggestion to parents worried about their child’s safety ” teach your kids to cross the road safely; get them to the area with time to spend crossing the road safely; or move schools, not that it will help if your child can’t cross the road properly.

These schools didn’t just pop up overnight.

Teachers and parents are all sensible enough to see that the schools are on a main traffic route, but still choose to attend.

Even if the relevant agencies were to agree to ‘look into it’, it would require traffic studies, followed by a report on possible solutions.

This would be followed by feasibility studies and costings and take at least eight years if done properly and quickly.

An immediate and free solution would be for these so-called concerned citizens to form a roster and man the underpass to allow students to cross safely at the required times.

The only other genuine solution would be the construction of a footbridge over Marmion Avenue, but this has recently been made more difficult with the bypass lanes now taking up the majority of the most suitable land.

This is a complicated problem that will not be solved any time in the next 10 years.

JAYNE REA, Quinns Rocks