Three Accidents in Two Months Reignites Call for Urgent Safety Improvements in Killeagh Village

By Seamus Whelehan

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The Youghal Road Residents Association of Killeagh (YRRAK) has hit out at road alterations in their village that have led to a string of road traffic accidents in the past 2 months.  Since March there have been 3 separate single vehicle accidents at the dangerous 90 degree bend on the Eastern side of the village, damaging a number of sections to the boundary wall of the Church.

Alan Hannigan from YRRAK said “it is only the luck of God that no one was using the footpath when the cars struck the wall or they would most certainly have been killed.”   The series of collisions has led to renewed calls for a pedestrian safety bridge at the eastern end of Killeagh.  The village is one of the busiest stretches of the N25, the County’s main artery East, recording over 15,000 traffic movements daily.

The €3million Village Enhancement Scheme is forcing school children, people with a disability and the general public to cross the busy N25, and again the Mount Uniacke road, before entering the commercial centre.  Cobbles placed on the left-hand side of the bridge are preventing pedestrians from entering the village from the Youghal side, putting them in imminent danger forcing them to cross the road where the recent accidents occurred.

Mr Hannigan said the construction of the pedestrian bridge is urgently required in order to prevent fatalities.     “Those responsible for getting these works prioritised and completed will have blood on their hands if there is no action taken ASAP” said the father of three.

In 2017 Cork County Council approved plans for the construction of a pedestrian footbridge costing an estimated €100,000, on the basis that Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) had funding to include it in the Village Enhancement Programme.  With planning approved, it was hoped that the TII would look more closely and positively on the road safety plan for the East of the village.

A series of emails back and forth between YRRAK and TII since December 2017 has resulted in no firm commitment for the construction of vital safety measures.    TII were asked by the East Cork Journal for a confirmed timeline of the project, but were referred back to their local office and Cork County Council.

This Newspaper also asked Cork County Council if there has been any recognition formally in regards to the safety concerns of the local residents. The Local Authority referred our query to their National Roads Design Office who have yet to comment.

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