There’s welcome news for the community of Straide  - with the completion of a new road at what has been an accident black spot in the area.

The new road has been built to accommodate residents of Knockshanbally and Knocknakillew to prevent them having to frequently cross the railway track at the location.

There have been two fatalities at the unmanned level crossing, situated on the Ballina to Manulla junction line, in recent years.

Now the new road has been put place following a campaign by residents to have health and safety concerns adequately addressed.

Castlebar councillor Ger Deere has welcomed the completion of the project funded by Irish Rail.

He said Mayo County Council will shortly advertise its intention to take the road in charge and make it a public road.

He has been speaking to Midwest News about the development



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