Dad calls meet­ing af­ter near misses at Kyle Cross

Wexford People - - NEWS - By ANNA HAYES

A FA­THER-OF-FIVE who has had a num­ber of fright­en­ing near misses on the junc­tion at Kyle Cross has called a pub­lic meet­ing, with the aim of pe­ti­tion­ing for a round­about to be in­stalled at the junc­tion.

Dar­ren Kenny, from Cross­abeg, be­lieves that the new road lay­out at the busy junc­tion has made driv­ing con­di­tions worse than be­fore it was up­graded.

On a num­ber of oc­ca­sions, while wait­ing in the turn­ing lane to take a right turn to Cross­abeg, he has been met by traf­fic com­ing from the Oyle­gate di­rec­tion, who veer into the lane to go around traf­fic turn­ing left in the di­rec­tion of Cross­abeg.

Mr Kenny ex­plained that on the most re­cent oc­ca­sion, his wife Tanya and their five-yearold daugh­ter were in the car with him, when a south­bound car pulled out to go around a ve­hi­cle in front of it and missed Mr Kenny’s car by lit­tle more than a foot.

‘My heart was in my mouth, I thought they weren’t go­ing to stop. I flashed the lights at them and blew the horn but they just drove on as if I wasn’t there. There was no ac­knowl­edge­ment, like a hand up or any­thing to say

‘sorry’. That was the fourth time it’s hap­pened to me.’

Mr Kenny said on the previous oc­ca­sions, he had a full car – four of his chil­dren are un­der the age of 12. He said that while he hadn’t heard of any­one else hav­ing the same ex­pe­ri­ence, he did know of lo­cal peo­ple who found it very dif­fi­cult to pull out from ei­ther of the sec­ondary routes onto the main road given the speed of traf­fic on it. He has con­tacted lo­cal coun­cil­lors and TDs, the Depart­ment of Trans­port and the Na­tional Roads Author­ity.

‘I want to try and ad­dress this be­fore it’s too late. Some­one is go­ing to be killed on that junc­tion the way it is now. I be­lieve a round­about is the only thing that would al­le­vi­ate the prob­lem.’

Ear­lier this year, con­sid­er­able work was car­ried out on the junc­tion in­clud­ing resur­fac­ing and re­struc­tur­ing the road lay­out. Slip­ways for left-turn­ing traf­fic on both sides of the road were re­moved with the in­ten­tion be­ing that traf­fic turn­ing left off the main road would de­crease the speed of ve­hi­cles com­ing be­hind them.

The road­works lasted for ap­prox­i­mately 12 weeks and the project was funded by Trans­port In­fra­struc­ture Ire­land.

This Wed­nes­day will see the com­mence­ment of 13 weeks of Pave­ment Scheme works on the road from Fer­rycar­rig to Kyle.


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