Residents in Ballinacurra are putting pressure on the council to install proper warning signals and barriers at a pedestrian crossing linking their village to Grotto view and the Bailick road off the R630.

Aidan O’Leary a long-term resident of Ballinacurra is calling for safety barriers to be installed near the chaotic junction, amid fears it’s an accident waiting to happen.

Mr O’Leary said the stretch of road is so dangerous both he and other residents don’t know whether they are going to make it to the other side of the street before getting hit by a vehicle.

“If people are approaching some vehicles won’t give way. You also have other motorists overtaking on the inside lane when vehicles do stop to leave pedestrians cross.”

He said the area is so chaotic at busy times, it’s only going to take a lapse of concentration before something serious happens.

Cllr Danielle Twomey is expected to raise the issue at the next sitting of the East Cork Municipality.

The Sinn Fein Cllr says she will be calling for a review of the road layout and a speed audit.

The Midleton based Cllr who is representing some concerned residents told the East Cork Journal.

“Pedestrians are hard pressed to cross without a car turning into their lane, and there is no footpath on one side of the road.”

She said she hoped to get the attention of the local authority to include the area in its low-cost safety measures.

Cllr Twomey said the busy crossing currently doesn’t have proper signage erected.

“There is no signage at the Saleen side to warn oncoming traffic and the signage on the Midleton side of Ballinacurra is sandwiched between Castleredmond and the Ballinacurra grotto entrance.

She said she would be appealing to the local authority to upgrade the current crossing to a push button and have the area ramped.

A phone call was made to Midleton Garda station to verify claims of a number of near misses in the area however.

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