Pedes­trian safety plan de­layed

Irish Examiner - County - - Front page - Christy Parker

A short­age of fund­ing is de­lay­ing the im­ple­men­ta­tion of pedes­trian safety mea­sures on the busy R630 Bal­li­nacurra to White­gate Road in east Cork.

A se­nior Cork County Coun­cil of­fi­cial said the rev­enue may have to be de­rived, over sev­eral years, from low-cost safety and foot­path pro­grammes.

Tom Stritch also sug­gested the East Cork Mu­nic­i­pal District Author­ity should con­sider part-fund­ing safety works from its Town De­vel­op­ment Fund from 2018 on­wards. Such monies are nor­mally avail­able to main towns only, and Bal­li­nacurra, or the R630, is not likely to qual­ify.

Low-cost safety schemes pro­vide lim­ited fund­ing from Trans­port In­fras­truc­ture Ire­land where sites meet ac­ci­dent vol­ume cri­te­ria.

The pro­posed strat­egy was out­lined by Mr Stritch, the coun­cil’s di­rec­tor of ser­vices for roads, in a re­sponse to con­cerns ex­pressed by Cllr Noel Collins.

The R630 is an ex­pan­sive 12km route, car­ry­ing a high vol­ume of traf­fic daily, in­clud­ing oil tankers ser­vic­ing White­gate re­fin­ery.

Mr Collins says he is “in­un­dated” with rep­re­sen­ta­tions from res­i­dents in the area, fear­ful for their safety. Many hous­ing es­tates along the route are pop­u­lated with young fam­i­lies. Mr Collins had pro­posed a traf­fic island be in­stalled on the road close to Bal­li­nacurra vil­lage, about 2km south of Mi­dle­ton.

Mr Stritch says sig­nif­i­cant road safety im­prove­ments, in­clud­ing pedes­trian cross­ings, have been con­ducted on a short stretch of the R630 be­tween Lake­view Round­about and the Dark Road junc­tion, near Bal­li­nacurra. Fund­ing to ex­tend the works has since been un­avail­able.

The di­rec­tor ex­plains that the coun­cil’s re­gional and lo­cal roads de­sign of­fice is “com­menc­ing sur­veys with a view to pre­par­ing de­signs” for the im­ple­men­ta­tion of safety mea­sures “in­cre­men­tally as fund­ing be­comes avail­able.”

Mr Stritch, in his cor­re­spon­dence, also said safety con­cerns at an ex­ist­ing ze­bra cross­ing on the White­gate Road re­late to “the length of the cross­ing and the rel­a­tively high ap­proach speeds”.

He felt it was not fea­si­ble to “up­grade the cross­ing and pro­vide foot­path link­age in the vicin­ity” in iso­la­tion.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Ireland

© PressReader. All rights reserved.