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Monday 16 December 2019

Campaigner hopes latest accidents at Kyle Cross will act as a 'wake-up call'

 

The scene of Saturday’s accident on the Wexford side of Kyle Cross on the N11
The scene of Saturday’s accident on the Wexford side of Kyle Cross on the N11

Simon Bourke

Two more serious incidents have occurred along the notoriously dangerous stretch of the N11 at the Kyle Cross Junction north of Ferrycarrig.

On Saturday afternoon, emergency services were called following an incident on the Wexford side of Kyle Cross on the main Enniscorthy to Wexford road in which a woman in her seventies sustained serious injuries. And a further crash on Sunday afternoon saw one car overturned in a four-vehicle collision and several injured parties examined by paramedics.

Responding to the events of the weekend, Darren Kenny, who has been campaigning for traffic-calming measures at the junction on behalf of a group of concerned residents. said: 'It's a bad thing to say but I'm just waiting to hear that someone has been killed on that road. And when the new motorway opens there's going to be double the amount of traffic there. The council won't do something until it's too late, but I'm hoping yesterday was a wake-up call.'

And yet, following a safety audit, the junction has been deemed safe by Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII).

'I've been in touch with (TII) and Wexford County Council. A month ago I got an email back from the TII saying that a safety aduit had been carried out and the road had been declared safe. Why did the audit say it's safe? It's not safe,' Mr Kenny said.

Independent County Councillor Davy Hynes believes those responsible for carrying out the audit need to revisit the junction at Kyle Cross.

'They need to go back and look at it again because it's not working out. It's a fast road and it's just not working out. It has to be addressed, it's a very, very dangerous stretch of road,' he said.

Just last summer, works were undertaken to narrow the junction and remove slip lanes, the hope being that it would slow down traffic and make it easier for motorists coming from Kyle and Crossabeg to get across the road. Yet Mr Kenny believes the 12-week works have not had the desired effect.

'A poll on our Facebook page has had 560 votes and 93% of those who voted said there should be a roundabout put there. This is what we're fighting for, we want traffic calming measures introduced. We need lights there too, there's people coming up to the cross and missing the turn because they can't see it,' he said,

And Mr Kenny has first-hand experience of how dangerous the junction can be.

'I've had several near misses there, as has my wife; she was almost hit by a bus on one occasion. I'm going to keep at this until it's addressed properly, even it takes three or four years.'

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