Funding is to be sought once again for the provision of a roundabout at one of Clonmel’s road traffic accident blackspots.
The junction of the Heywood Road and Frank Drohan bypass (N24) in Clonmel, has seen major pedestrian-friendly road works completed there recently which have greatly improved the safety of the hundreds of people who cross the busy road daily.
But local Fianna Fail Cllr Siobhan Ambrose is pursuing the relevant authorities for a much-needed roundabout in the same location, in the interests of health and safety.
At this month’s meetinig of Clonmel Borough Council she proposed a motion calling on the Borough Council, along with South Tipperary County Council, to re-apply for funding to the Department of Transport for the roundabout.
“We were delighted for the small amount of funding from the National Roads Authority (NRA) for the pedestrian crossing but this is just fifty per cent of the solution,” said Cllr Ambrose at this month’s meeting.
“A roundabout would cost about one million Euro, and I am asking that we apply to the NRA for this,” she said.
She highlighted the risk that some drivers are still taking by making a right hand turn onto the bypass, from the rugby club road - a maneouvre that is highly dangerous, as well as illegal, following traffic calming measures and roadworks that were put in place to force the traffic to take a safer left turn down to the Cashel Road roundabout.
“With the volume of houses and number of people using this road we should expediate this as soon as possible,” she said.
Cllr Pat English said that they were just waiting for a serious accident to happen there and suggested that the Gardai be made aware of this dangerous driving.
“Improvements have been made but this is a policing issue at this stage, if people are willing to break the law we should contact the Gardai on this,” he said.
South Tipperary County Council is responsible for the N24 in Clonmel and applications for funding for roadworks along the N24 must be processed by them, in accordance with NRA guidelines.