Sunday 21 July 2019

Junction to be reopened

Maria Herlihy

The closed Waterloo junction looks set to re-open "by the end of the year," councillors at the Blarney-Macroom Municipal District were told. 

Jim Molloy of Cork County Council said a southern committee meeting was held and the aim was to open the closed junction. 

Cllr Bob Ryan (FF) said councillors held a meeting with Aidan Weir of Cork County Council who issued a "comprehensive statement" on the closed junction. 

"The council are making every effort to even get the junction open pre-Christmas. They are now waiting on a safety report. There will be some barriers on the road to stop people from making that loop. I really want to thank Mr Weir as he brought some great common sense to this whole thing," he said. 

His sentiment was echoed by Cllr Kevin Conway (Ind) who said Mr Weir had "absolutely done his best" to tackle the closed junction which caused so much local angst. 

Two US tourists were killed at the junction last September and two more escaped death in almost identical circumstances in April when they were directed by Satnav to take a right turn at the junction while driving southbound for Blarney.

There was uproar as locals complained of the lack of public consultation by CCC who closed the junction.