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Saturday 23 August 2014

Residents demand action on junction

Paul Deering

Published 15/04/2014 | 05:40

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The scene of the crash at the junction of the Strandhill Road/Sea Road/Kevinsfort last Thursday evening.
Local residents and local representatives pictured at the public meeting at the Junction of Kevinsfort Heath/First Sea road with the Strandhill Road.

A review has been commissioned of a dangerous junction that has been the scene of several crashes.

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A review has been commissioned of a dangerous junction that has been the scene of several crashes.

In the past four years there has been at least ten collisions at the First Sea Road/Strandhill/ Kevinsfort Heath junction.

Residents in the area have demanded action and last Friday night held a meeting with local councillors.

Ironically, the gathering at the traffic controlled junction took place just 24 hours after the latest accident there.

John McDonagh of the Kevinsfort Heath Residents Association said the group wanted remedial action soon.

He said: "There's been a very high rate of crashes there and people have been injured, some seriously.

"The County Council has promised to look at the junction and we also have the support of councillors.

"There has been many suggestions about what can be done with the junction but we'll have to await the outcome of the review.

"The important thing is that we have highlighted this and we expect action to follow."

The independent review of the junction by the council's Roads Department is nearing completion.

Amongst those who addressed the gathering at the junction on Friday night were local residents involved in accidents.

They impressed on councillors the need for swift action. Clr Declan Bree spokes on behalf of the councillors present.

He told a meeting or the Sligo/Strandhill Area Committee of the council that the junction was extremely dangerous.

Clr Bree said he was informed that modifications of the traffic lights at the junction were carried out on February 20th last.

This increased the the time the lights are green from five seconds to seven.

The council says there has been nine collisions in the vicinity of the junction from 2010 to 2013, averaging 2.25 per year.

The nine have been recorded as minor in severity with seven resulting in material damage only.

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