100km speed limit on Carrick-on-Suir road poses a serious accident risk, Council warned

Aileen Hahesy

Reporter:

Aileen Hahesy

Traffic on the Clonmel Road in Carrick-on-Suir with the 50km speed zone in the background.

Tipperary Co. Council officials have been warned the location of the 100km speed limit at one of the main entrance routes into Carrick-on-Suir poses a serious accident risk. 

Carrick-on-Suir Cllr Kieran Bourke issued the warning in relation to the N24 Clonmel Road at the monthly meeting of Carrick-on-Suir Municipal District's public representatives. 

He complained that the speed limit went up to 100km per hour just 30m after the entrance to the Clairín and Lissadell housing estates on the Clonmel Road where the speed limit was 50km per hour. 

The Fianna Fail councillor appealed for the 50km speed zone to be extended further along the Clonmel Road. 

"The current situation is an accident waiting to happen. You have a 100km zone within 30ms of an entrance to a housing estate where people are constantly turning. 

"It's lethal and to try and reduce from 100km per hour to 50km per hours in the space of 30m... It's something that really needs to be looked at. Somebody needs to do something about it." 

Carrick Municipal District Engineer Willie Corby said a review of speeding zones was concluded last year and Transport Infrastructure Ireland sent out a team to change speed signage last December. He pointed out that a lot of time was spent in consultation with the public. The public consultation process was advertised.  

He knew there was an accident on this stretch of road last year and indicated they expressed their views as part of the public consultation process but in the end a decision was taken and the gardai were involved in that. 

Co. Council Senior Executive Engineer Michael Hayes agreed to bring Cllr Bourke's concerns to the attention of Transport Infrastructure Ireland but he didn't believe the speed zone would be changed. #

"What they could do is put up additional warning signs but there was an extensive (review) process over two years and it was passed at a Council meeting. 

Cllr Bourke responded that he believed a "huge error" was made in relation to this case and appealed again for the location of the 100km speed sign on Carrick's Clonmel Road to be reviewed and changed.