Sunday 25 February 2018

Drivers in fear at deadly road junction

The Ballymacquirke cross junction with the N72 main road near Kanturk is so dangerous that local drivers are in fear every time they use it.

The junction is listed by Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) as one of Cork's top 15 most accident-prone sites. However, nothing has yet been done to make the junction safer for drivers.

Councillor Bernard Moynihan (FF) this week described the junction as one of the most dangerous in the country and appealed for urgent action, suggesting a roundabout as a possible solution.

"I do not know if a roundabout is feasible there... but, what I do know is that there is some kind of safety plan needed at that junction... There must be something that can be done because this is a serious accident waiting to happen," he said.

Cllr Timmy Collins (Ind) agreed that the junction was "one of the most dangerous in Munster, if not the whole country" and said the idea of putting a roundabout there had been previously mooted by the council, but was deemed unfeasible by the former National Roads Authority.

"I know many people who are in fear every time they use the junction because of the speed of the vehicles travelling on the N72. A car can be down on top of you before you know it," he added.

Cllr John Paul O'Shea (Ind) said the council had previously surveyed the site, but the NRA did not accept their recommendation for a roundabout. He said he hoped the TII's designation of the junction as a high accident location would pave the way for some action.


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