Plea for action at “death trap”

Calls have been made for a roundabout to be built at a busy junction on the Clonmel bypass, described as “a death trap”.

The junction at the Heywood Road and N24 bypass, directly opposite where the Ard Caoin road exits onto the bypass, has been the scene of a number of accidents in recent years.

Traffic calming measures have been installed in the area to slow motorists and force traffic coming from Ard Caoin to turn left and drive down to the Cashel Road roundabout, rather than cross the busy road. But these measures are not sufficient, according to Cllr. Siobhan Ambrose, who has called on Clonmel and Cahir District Council to request funding from the National Roads Authority (NRA) for a roundabout.

“This is a really hazardous junction and there have been several accidents on it. There are people still coming down from the rugby club side and turning right onto the bypass, despite every effort to make them turn left. It is a death trap,” she said. “The ultimate solution is a roundabout”.

Cllr. Pat English said he was afraid they were waiting for a fatality to occur before something was done. He asked District Mayor Martin Lonergan to contact the NRA and fast-track a solution, or request a deputation to meet them.




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