Sunday 21 July 2019

Traffic management call for former Townsparks Road

Cllr Tom O'Leary (FG)
Cllr Tom O'Leary (FG)

The council has been called upon to provide traffic management measures at a junction at Dublin Rd and Barnageeragh Road (formerly Townparks Road), where there had been 'numerous crashes', and other related incidents.

In a motion put forward to the Balbriggan/Swords Area Committe by Cllr Tom O'Leary (FG), it was claimed it was 'a matter of time' before there was a fatal incident at the junction, where traffic was 'unsighted' turning into the Townparks housing estate.

Cllr O'Leary, claiming that a number of councillors had raised the issue in the past, said he did not accept there was no solution to the problem, adding that a number of residents had also expressed concern.

The councillor said the local authority needed to find 'some way' of making the junction safe for both pedestrians and cars, adding that a resident had considered legal action should the issue not be resolved.

Saying he had 'no idea what the solution was', Cllr O'Leary called for an engineer's report to be prepared.

Claiming there had been a number of incidents at the junction, the Councillor added that the road surface was 'broken', and had resulted in cyclists falling off their bikes.

Cllr O'Leary said 'something' needed to be done 'in the next three months' to address the problem.

Cllr Cathal Boland (NP), supporting the motion, said that Skerries was 'supposed to be an age-friendly town', which would cater for people with disabilities, and added that anyone with an infirmity was 'literally taking their life in their hands' when crossing the junction.

Council official Andrew Nolan, addressed the committee, saying he 'fully accepted' the difficulties at the junction, pointed out that a 'fully-signalled system' had been rejected by residents, but added this was 'understandably' so.

Mr Nolan also pointed out that Irish Water had plans this year to carry out work in the area, and that any work by the council prior to this work would be 'premature'.

Saying he 'fully accepted' that the opening of the Barnageeragh Distributor Road would attract increased traffic to the area, Mr Nolan said that work at the junction could not be assessed until that time.

A report from the local authority said it was 'not currently envisaged' that further traffic measures would be provided at the junction.

Fingal Independent