Wednesday 24 July 2019

Donabate road danger

A traffic and safety assessment of the 'exceptionally busy' Hearse Road and Turvey Avenue road network, in Donabate has been called for, in the wake of a recent 'near death' accident.

The risks posed by a hazardous two to three kilometre section of road between Lissenhall and the new Donabate Distributor Road - a section of road which 'continues to be pitch dark' - was, one councillor said, 'going to become apparent' when the distributor road came into operation by the end of 2019.

Cllr Adrian Henchy (FF), raising the motion at a meeting of the Balbriggan/Swords Area Committee, said the stretch of road continued to be 'a significant hazard', 'particularly for cyclists', and was now used regularly by pedestrians, where it would have been 'unheard of' in the past to see pedestrians use this section of road.

Cllr Henchy said he did not 'necessarily agree that Turvey Avenue would become less busy with the opening of the distributor road, with Turvey Avenue becoming 'very residential' and both the Beverton and Beresford housing estates using the network to access 'the M1, Skerries, Rush, Lusk or Balbriggan.'

The councillor said it was 'a bit frustrating and disappointing' that action had not been taken to date, as the issue was 'continuously' being raised, adding that in five years there had 'effectively' been 'no change'.

Cllr Paul Mulville (SD), who said he 'strongly supports the motion', noted a recent 'very serious' accident on the route, where a heavy goods vehicle, which had crossed the centre line, collided with another vehicle resulting in a 'near death' collision. Council official, Mick Carroll said the issue was 'something that can be looked at', following the opening of the new distributor road. He said however, that 'when roads are lit', 'speeds will increase'.

Cllr Henchy accepted what Mr Carroll had said, but that he felt there would be more 'rationale' if the road were to be lit up, with speed reduced by signage and legislation. A report from the local authority, claimed a 'significant reduction in traffic volumes along Turvey and the eastern section of Hearse Road' was expected once the distributor road was fully operational.

Fingal Independent