Tuesday 21 May 2019

Rural roads are a concern as Kilmuckridge welcomes roundabout

A new roundabout has been created in Kilmuckridge village, much to the delight of Independent councillor, Mary Farrell.

'I am delighted to see the Kilmuckridge roundabout up and running and being adhered to', said Cllr Farrell.

'This was part of my five year plan as a councillor, to address serious traffic problems,' she added.

The roundabout in Kilmuckridge is located in the centre of the village, where four junctions meet from the north side, and appears to be addressing traffic calming needs in the village.

'It was discussed for a long time but now it has achieved what it set out to achieve and is a great success in protecting people and ensuring road safety' she said.

Mary Farrell described the roundabout as the 'last piece of the puzzle,' but that other traffic issues are skill ongoing in the district, particularly around the condition of rural roads.

At a Wexford County Council meeting held in April, councillors discussed that a national oversight committee has found that Wexford has the worst primary and the fourth worst secondary roads nationally, while the regional roads are also ranked among the nation's worst.

'No matter where you go in the district, the roads are in a seriously dreadful condition unless you're on a primary road,' said Cllr Mary Farrell.

'The stormy weather has impacted on the roads in a serious way and there doesn't seem to be enough funding coming. This needs to be addressed,' she added.

The condition of rural roads in the Gorey district is coming up on the campaign trail time and time again, says Sinn Féinn councillor, Fionntán Ó Súilleabháin.

'We urgently need to get a proper road network and employ more council road staff,' said Cllr Ó Súilleabháin.

'At the moment, we're trying to make a silk purse out of a cow's ear,' he added, speaking about the resources available.

The government's total spending plan on roads and other infrastructure for 2019 is €268 million and in 2018, the budget for Wexford in the national road fund was €12,324,000, which was an increase of 29% from the previous year.

Gorey Guardian