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Thursday 14 December 2017

Double trouble for drivers and those on foot in Clonard

By dAVID TUCKER

The double roundabouts at Clonard could be causing more problems than they solve.
The double roundabouts at Clonard could be causing more problems than they solve.

A WEXFORD councillor has again called for improvements, including 'official' two-lane access on to a set of troublesome double roundabouts at Clonard.

Cllr George Lawlor said he had asked the council's engineers to look at access on to the roundabouts from the Beechlawn side of the junctions, where motorists were already 'turning one lane into two lanes' because of the volume of traffic using the roundabouts at peak times.

'It's not what you would call an official roundabout. It was put in place to try to alleviate congestion at peak times,' he said.

'There is not enough room to put a proper roundabout in place and it's far from ideal, but I don't really know what can be done to improve it.'

Cllr Lawlor's comments follow complaints from local residents, including one taking issue with motorists driving too fast down the Clonard Road.

'When you're driving from the Beechlawn direction and entering the roundabout you're blind,' said the resident, who asked not to be identified.

'I feel there needs to be traffic calming on the Clonard Road side to benefit both pedestrians and drivers, be it ramps or better road markings or even changing the yield signage to stop signage like they did at the Summerhill roundabout. It needs attention,' said the resident.

A pedestrian was recently badly hurt after being knocked down by a hit-and-run driver on the pedestrian crossing near the Beechlawn junction.

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