TII Told to Reduce Speed at Castlemartyr National School

By Seamus Whelehan

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Cllrs have called on Transport Infrastructure Ireland to reduce the speed limit on the N25 near Castlemartyr National School.
The move comes following a Motion tabled by Cllr Danielle Twomey at the Monday meeting of East Cork Municipality.
The Sinn Fein Cllr said the National Roads Authority should reduce the speed limit to 30kph during school times, and install flashing amber lights outside Scoil Iosaf as they did in Killeagh village.
She 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.
A TII spokesperson said they have no immediate plans to carry out a review of the national road network, and are awaiting a formal request from the Minister for Transport.
The last review on the national primary route was implemented by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar when he was Transport Minister in 2014.
Senior Roads Engineer Dave Clarke said “the school warden did have some concerns with the speed of traffic east bound in the afternoons, but not so much in the mornings when speeds are low.”
He said he believes the current situation is a result of driver frustration due to access to Mogeely village being cut off due to ongoing road works.
Mr Clarke did, however, commit to carrying out a speed review once the Mogeely works are completed.
He said once the data was compiled it would be sent to the National Roads Authority for consideration.
The Senior Engineer said 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.”
Independent Cllr Noel Collins, who backed Cllr Twomey’s Motion, said “flashing amber signage for the protection of children and parents is most definitely warranted” and he commended the school warden for her “motherly care approach.”

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