N81 is worst for road ac­ci­dents

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - By EIMEAR DODD

A STRETCH of the N81 has been iden­ti­fied as the worst ac­ci­dent black spot in Co Wick­low.

An anal­y­sis of mo­tor­way and na­tional roads found a seg­ment of the N81, close to Poulaphouc­a Bridge, just north of the junc­tion with the R411, to be the county’s most dan­ger­ous road seg­ment.

Cllr Gerry O’Neill, Cathaoir­leach of Balt­in­glass Mu­nic­i­pal District, called on the Min­is­ter for Trans­port Shane Ross to re-con­sider plans to de­lay a new road for the area.

‘This is an is­sue I’ve been highlighti­ng for some time. This find­ing is no sur­prise to me and I would call again on the Min­is­ter for Trans­port to re-con­sider the shelv­ing of the road up­grade,’ Cllr O’Neill said.

The anal­y­sis was done by Gamma Lo­ca­tion In­tel­li­gence us­ing data from Trans­port In­fras­truc­ture Ire­land on the roads with the high­est num­ber of col­li­sions be­tween 2015 and 2017.

The N81, south of Poulaphouc­a Bridge, has been iden­ti­fied as Wick­low’s worst ac­ci­dent black spot.

A new anal­y­sis by Gamma Lo­ca­tion In­tel­li­gence, a lo­ca­tion in­tel­li­gence ser­vices provider, has iden­ti­fied the most treach­er­ous mo­tor­way and na­tional roads in Ire­land.

The stretch of the N81, south of Poulaphouc­a Bridge, 1.8km north of the junc­tion with R411, just east of Kil­dare bor­der, was found to have a col­li­sion rate of 76 road ac­ci­dents per 100 mil­lion ve­hi­cle kilo­me­tres. Col­li­sions are lim­ited to those that re­sulted in an in­jury on ma­jor roads from re­gional to mo­tor­way.

The anal­y­sis is based on a map of Trans­port In­fras­truc­ture Ire­land data that shows that the roads with the high­est col­li­sion rates be­tween 2015 and 2017.

Speak­ing about the data, Di­rec­tor of Lo­ca­tion In­tel­li­gence for Gamma, Richard Garry said: ‘Over­all, ac­cord­ing to the data pro­vided by Trans­port In­fras­truc­ture Ire­land, col­li­sion rates are de­creas­ing across the coun­try. How­ever, there are spe­cific stretches of roads where the fre­quency of col­li­sions is still high.

‘Not only does this anal­y­sis show driv­ers where they need to take ex­tra care, it is also use­ful for in­surance com­pa­nies as it iden­ti­fies the ar­eas which are worst for road ac­ci­dents and en­ables them to bet­ter as­sess risk.’

The anal­y­sis found that the most dan­ger­ous stretch of road na­tion­wide is in Gal­way, lo­cated just east of Kyle­more Lough, from Cliften to near Leenaune along the N59.

Ear­lier this month, con­tracts were signed for the long-awaited N81 Knock­roe Bend Re­align­ment Scheme. The works, which are ex­pected to take 72 weeks, are in­tended to im­prove road stan­dards by re­align­ing and widen­ing this sec­tion of the N81.

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