A plea be­fore some­one is killed at junc­tion

The Corkman - - FRONT PAGE - BILL BROWNE

A CORK county coun­cil­lor has made an im­pas­sioned plea to Trans­port Min­is­ter Shane Ross to en­sure ac­tion is taken to im­prove safety at a road junc­tion in North Cork branded “one of the most dan­ger­ous in the coun­try”.

Cllr Moyni­han has taken the un­usual step of writ­ing di­rectly to Min­is­ter Ross ask­ing that he in­ter­vene to se­cure the fund­ing needed for traf­fic calm­ing and safety works at Bal­ly­mac­quirke Cross near Kan­turk.

Cllr Moyni­han had raised the is­sue at coun­cil level and was told the junc­tion was iden­ti­fied as be­ing among 15 ‘ high ac­ci­dent’ lo­ca­tions in Cork.

This week he in­sisted that this is­sue can no longer be put on the long fin­ger.

“It is sim­ply no longer ac­cept­able to leave this junc­tion in its cur­rent for­mat and it is crit­i­cally im­por­tant that ac­tion is taken at this lo­ca­tion be­fore a tragedy oc­curs here,” wrote Cllr Moyni­han.

“I am now ap­peal­ing to you [Min­is­ter Ross] to en­sure that im­me­di­ate ac­tion is taken to rec­tify this ex­tremely dan­ger­ous sit­u­a­tion. I sin­cerely hope the nec­es­sary fund­ing can be made avail­able to al­ter this junc­tion in the very near fu­ture.”

Cllr Moyni­han said he hoped his plea does not fall on deaf ears.

“It is im­pos­si­ble to over­state just how dan­ger­ous this junc­tion is and un­less ac­tion is taken, it is only a mat­ter of time be­fore some­one is killed there,” he added.

A CORK County Coun­cil­lor has taken the un­usual step of writ­ing di­rectly to Trans­port Min­is­ter Shane Ross re­quest­ing he take “im­me­di­ate ac­tion” to ad­dress what has been de­scribed as ‘one of the most dan­ger­ous road junc­tions in the coun­try’.

As pre­vi­ously re­ported in The Cork­man, Cllr Bernard Moyni­han (FF) had raised the is­sue of Bal­ly­mac-quirke Cross near Kan­turk at Coun­cil level, call­ing for a safety au­dit to be un­der­taken at the junc­tion, with the pos­si­bil­ity of in­stalling a round­about there.

At the time Cllr Moyni­han was told that Trans­port In­fra­struc­ture Ireland (TII) had iden­ti­fied the junc­tion as be­ing among 15 sites in Cork branded as be­ing ‘ high ac­ci­dent lo­ca­tions’.

“TII has re­quested Cork County Coun­cil to re­view these sites and pre­pare a so­lu­tion re­port for each of them, in­clud­ing de­sign op­tions and cost es­ti­mates. The Na­tional Roads Of­fice is pre­par­ing these re­ports at present and li­ais­ing with TII,” wrote se­nior coun­cil en­gi­neer Bob O’Shea Mr O’Shea.

How­ever, Cllr Moyni­han has in­sisted that this is­sue can no longer be “put on the long fin­ger” and has writ­ten to Min­is­ter Ross ask­ing him to en­sure fund­ing is set aside for traf­fic calm­ing works at the junc­tion.

He said the junc­tion was de­serv­ing of its tag as one of the coun­try’s most dan­ger­ous, with enor­mous vol­umes of traf­fic us­ing it on a daily ba­sis.

“It is sim­ply no longer ac­cept­able to leave this junc­tion in its cur­rent for­mat and it is crit­i­cally im­por­tant that ac­tion is taken at this lo­ca­tion be­fore a tragedy oc­curs here,” wrote Cllr Moyni­han.

He said the is­sue had gal­vanised the lo­cal com­mu­nity, with road users, busi­nesses and com­mu­nity groups ex­press­ing their con­cerns to him and other coun­cil­lors.

“I am well aware that An Garda Siochána also has se­ri­ous safety con­cerns about this junc­tion and I un­der­stand Cork County Coun­cil has pre­vi­ously raised the is­sue with se­nior TII man­age­ment. While it is to be wel­comed that TII has ac­cepted the dan­ger that ex­ists at this junc­tion, the fact re­mains there has been no progress made to ad­dress this dan­ger at all,” wrote Cllr Moyni­han.

“I am now ap­peal­ing to you [Min­is­ter Ross] to en­sure that im­me­di­ate ac­tion is taken to rec­tify this ex­tremely dan­ger­ous sit­u­a­tion. I sin­cerely hope the nec­es­sary fund­ing can be made avail­able to al­ter this junc­tion in the very near fu­ture.”

Speak­ing to The Cork­man, Cllr Moyni­han said he sin­cerely hoped his pleas would not fall on deaf ears.

“It is im­pos­si­ble to over­state just how dan­ger­ous this junc­tion is and un­less ac­tion is taken, it is only a mat­ter of time be­fore some­one is killed there,” he said.

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