An­other death on no­to­ri­ous N81

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - By MYLES BUCHANAN

A MO­TOR­CY­CLIST was killed on Sun­day af­ter col­lid­ing with an­other ve­hi­cle on the N81 in Poulaphouc­a.

His death has led to re­newed calls for safety works along the N81 to be car­ried out, which is con­sid­ered the most dan­ger­ous stretch of road in County Wick­low.

The fa­tal crash oc­curred at around 3.30 p.m. A sec­ond mo­tor­cy­clist was taken by am­bu­lance to Tal­laght Uni­ver­sity Hos­pi­tal suf­fer­ing from in­juries which weren’t con­sid­ered too se­ri­ous.

The vic­tim, who didn’t live in County Wick­low, was a Pol­ish na­tive who was vis­it­ing the area. The hos­pi­talised male was a friend of the de­ceased.

Coun­cil­lors Ed­ward Tim­mins and Gerry O’Neill feel the N81 has been ne­glected for far too long.

A meet­ing with Trans­port Min­is­ter Shane Ross is also be­ing sought.

THE death of a mo­tor­cy­clist on the N81 has led to re­newed calls for safety works along what is con­sid­ered one of Ire­land’s most dan­ger­ous stretches of road.

A Pol­ish man died on Sun­day fol­low­ing a hor­rific col­li­sion on the N81 in Polu­aphouca. The fa­tal crash in­volved a mo­tor­cy­cle and a car and oc­curred at around 3.30 p.m. in the af­ter­noon. A sec­ond mo­tor­cy­clist, who was a friend of the de­ceased, was taken by am­bu­lance to Tal­laght Uni­ver­sity Hos­pi­tal suf­fer­ing from in­juries which weren’t con­sid­ered too se­ri­ous.

The driver of the car was un­in­jured.

Foren­sic Col­li­sion In­ves­ti­ga­tors were at the scene and the road re­mained closed for a num­ber of hours with di­ver­sions in place.

The mo­tor­cy­clist who died was a vis­i­tor and didn’t live in County Wick­low.

Re­search car­ried out by Gamma Lo­ca­tion In­tel­li­gence and re­leased in Septem­ber re­vealed that the N81 was the most dan­ger­ous ma­jor road in the county with a col­li­sion rate of 76.

Cllr Ed­ward Tim­mins feels the N81 has been ne­glected for far too long.

‘I pass on my com­mis­er­a­tions to the fam­ily of de­ceased. At the mo­ment resur­fac­ing works are tak­ing place along the N81 north of Bless­ing­ton at a cost of €1.1 mil­lion. I feel it wasn’t nec­es­sary. There was no con­sul­ta­tion with the lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties or lo­cal rep­re­sen­ta­tives. There are far bet­ter ways of spend­ing that €1.1 mil­lion. It could have been spent far bet­ter fur­ther south of Hol­ly­wood by do­ing some road widen­ing and safety im­prove­ments. I feel we are con­stantly be­ing ig­nored and treated with con­tempt.’

Cllr Gerry O’Neill is call­ing for a meet­ing be­tween Trans­port Min­is­ter Shane Ross and the elected mem­bers of Balt­in­glass Mu­nic­i­pal Dis­trict.

‘My thoughts are with the man’s friends and fam­ily af­ter an­other tragedy on the N81. We need a se­ri­ous dis­cus­sion with the Min­is­ter about the N81. It can’t be kicked down the road any fur­ther. Now Trans­port In­fra­struc­ture Ire­land are say­ing the agreed route for the N81 Hol­ly­wood to Tal­laght Im­prove­ment Scheme could be changed fol­low­ing the re­view planned for 2027. €7 mil­lion has al­ready been spent on the plan. As it stands you have 300-me­tre strip where all the land has been frozen. Now the TII seem to be in­di­cat­ing that they might freeze a dif­fer­ent stretch af­ter 2027.’

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