Thursday 22 August 2019

'There will be a fatality' at dangerous junction

Two vehicle collision on the Hollyfort road.
Two vehicle collision on the Hollyfort road.

By Esther Hayden

It's only a matter of time before there's a fatality' on the Hollyfort Road according to one concerned resident.

On Saturday a motorist was lucky to escape with his life when his jeep overturned at the junction and Arlene said there are several accidents and near misses at the dangerous junction.

'The crash at the junction of Pearson's Brook and the Carnew Road is one of many incidents there. I have raising the matter with Cllr Fionntán Ó Súilleabháin since March. He has been onto the council but as far as I can see they haven't addressed it at all.

'I raised concerns over the speed of vehicles approaching the junction from Hollyfort and highlighted that drivers at this junction were at the mercy of drivers coming into the town limits at a reasonable speed, which was regularly not the case. The road is obscured for motorists leaving Pearsons Brook and entering the town from Hollyfort and as well as that the over grown grass has not been cut back and the corner is blind.

'The accident on Saturday proves how dangerous the junction it. I could have crossing the road with my baby or there could have been a group of school children. It's just a matter of time before there's a fatality. Cllr Fionntán Ó Súilleabháin said he has raised the matter several times with the council but to no avail.

'Do we have to wait until someone gets seriously injured or killed before the council can make accident blackspots safer? Since getting elected last year I've been acutely aware of the farcical situation where the council is forced to operate off a shoestring budget and with skeletal level of staff, but are expected to deliver first world infrastructure.

Ten million euro was slashed by the government's Local Government Fund to Wexford County Council last year. Politicians need to wake up and see that their regressive austerity cuts is costing lives.

Cllr Malcolm Byrne said urgent action is needed at the junction and said speed restrictions and possibly a roundabout are needed there.

'There has been a problem with speeding on this road as well as the increased volume of traffic in recent years. We need more safety measures. The incident this weekend highlights the need for action.'

He pointed out that with the completion of the link between the Fort Road and the Hollyfort Road that traffic volumes will increase further. It is also noted that the dangerous junction, which has few road markings, is not far from the town park which is popular with families.

'We may need to look at ramps or a roundabout but the other key thing is for motorists to be more careful in this area. There has to be personal responsibility as well.'

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