Councillors Ask Second Time For Speed Review Outside Castlemartyr National School

By Seamus Whelehan


Transport Infrastructure Ireland are to be asked, for a second time, to reduce the speed limit on the N25 near Castlemartyr National School.
Last July, East Cork Municipality Cllrs voted to write to the Roads Authority requesting a lowering of the speed limit to 30kph during school times, and the installation of flashing amber lights on both approaches to Scoil Iosaf, as was introducted in Killeagh village.
However, it’s uncertain if a response to the initial communication was received.
The last review on the National Primary route was implemented by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar when he was Transport Minister in 2014.
Cllr Daniele Twomey told the meeting that, following on from her agenda item last summer, the situation regarding the school crossing has worsened.
The Sinn Fein Cllr said just before Christmas the school crossing Guard was struck by a car and suffered minor injuries.
She said “because of that incident, and the fact that we are dealing with young children who have no road awareness, we can’t be taking chances.”
The Midleton based Cllr said the current pedestrian crossing is not ramped, causing a huge safety issue for children and the School Warden due to the speed of traffic.
Cllr Twomey said she was under the impression that the safety improvements would form part of the Castlemartyr Enhancement Programme, as it did outside St Fergal’s in Killeagh.
Fine Gael Cllr Susan McCarthy, backing the Sinn Fein Motion, said “even though there have been fantastic road improvements, vehicles come in a little too fast.”
Ms McCarthy said “the visual impact of flashing lights would alert people.”
Municipality Chairwoman, Cllr Mary Linehan Foley, agreed saying “sometimes the Crossing Guard is gripping onto her stop sign because of the speed of the traffic from the Youghal side.”
“They are seeing the green lights and speed up to get to the green light rather than be stuck in traffic” said Cllr Linehan Foley.
Cllr James O’Connor said “it’s staggering as over half a million cars a month pass the schools” and something in the area needs to done.
Senior Roads Engineer, Dave Clarke, said he would relay the Cllrs concerns to TII National Roads Design office for consideration.
The Senior Engineer said, however, that the current enhancement works have improved the pedestrian infrastructure.
“There are far better footpaths, the road has been narrowed down, there are turning lanes, and a lot more order and control, but it is a busy spot.”