calming requested on Kilmoney Roads, Carrigaline.
Writes Leo McMahon
For many residents of Carrigaline and South Cork, speeding is the No. 1 issue in the local election, especially for those living along or in the vicinity of the Upper and Lower Kilmoney Roads.John Hosford, a resident of Droim an Oir, has been campaigning several years for measures to combat high speeds along Upper Kilmoney Road which he describes as being ‘like Silverstone’.
On a recent Friday
afternoon, when speaking to The
Carrigdhoun along the main road near the entrance to his estate, most
vehicles that passed were quite clearly exceeding the 50 kilometres per hour
‘When I approached Cork
County Council about this problem 12 years ago, a speed survey was carried out
but nothing else happened,’ he stated, adding that he subsequently raised it at
a Community Forum meeting where Gardaí and local councillors were present.
‘Providing flashing speed-activated signs such
as those on Church Road, Carrigaline which I use every day (also to be seen on
Ballea Road) is futile after it Is in place for a period of time because
drivers soon realise that there is no punishment for breaking the speed limit,’
‘It is widely recognised nationwide that the
only effective deterrent that actually works is when fines are issued along
with penalty points.’
Interestingly, as John, at the roadside,
demonstrated an App on his smartphone which can record speed, nearly every
driver that approached actually slowed down. Alongside him was a small 50kph
reminder speed limit sign that had been interfered with.
Present that day in the course of canvassing for
the County Council election in Carrigaline Municipal District (MD) was Ben Dalton-O’Sullivan (Ind), who told The Carrigdhoun that speeding was the
issue that came up more than any other in the many estates on the south western
side of Carrigaline but in other areas too.
‘One resident living between Maurland and
Woodview, along Lower Kilmoney Road told me he couldn’t reverse his car on to
the main road due to the high speed of passing traffic’, said Ben who added
that speeding was also a concern on the corner of the R611 between Clevedon and
Wrenville. He has called for additional resources.
Factors which have ensured that the traffic and
speeding problem look set to get worse are the phenomenal growth in housing all
the way out beyond Castle Heights (with more on the way). Alongside this is the
increased use of what is now perceived as an unofficial, but below standard,
Southern Carrigaline by-pass from the Crosshaven Road via Ferney Road and
Foster’s Cross to Piper’s Cross on the R611 and vice versa.
‘Added to this,’ said John, ‘is the fact that
Kilmoney Road Upper is the main access to the recently built new schools at the
top of the relief road, adjoining it where, along sections, there are no
footpaths at present for pedestrian students and parents arriving and leaving
‘Bus Eireann, using both Kilmoney Roads, has dramatically increased its frequencies to every 15 minutes per day and every 30 after 11pm, 24 hours a day. Exceeding of the speed limit by some double-deckers has been regularly witnessed, especially in the early hours’. Traffic calming measures are now urgently needed, said John Hosford.
The problem of speeding was again raised at the
recent meeting of Bandon-Kinsale MD by Cllr
Aidan Lombard (FG) who is a candidate in the Carrigaline LEA.
In welcoming the fact
that funding had been allocated to resurface nearby Ferney Road later this
year, he said Upper Kilmoney Road was an obvious continuation of this as part
of an unofficial Carrigaline southern relief road so it obviously needed more traffic
acknowledged previous efforts made and the fact Gardaí had carried out speed
checks but it needed a comprehensive scheme which was more bus, bicycle and
pedestrian friendly and asked that the process for this be commenced. He asked
if measures put in were successful.
An Cathaoirleach also
referred to the ongoing problem of speeding at Lower Kilmoney Road and asked
that this be surveyed regardless of the possible start of construction later
this year of the Carrigaline Western Relief Road and added that speeding came
up on the doorstep of nearly every house during the local election campaign.
In reply to a motion
from Cllr Lombard seeking an update on the proposed improvement of Ferney Road,
Carrigaline, Senior Executive engineer Charlie McCarthy said he was informed by
the road design office that there was an ongoing process with landowners.
Once the accommodation
package was agreed, the council could proceed to the tender process,
procurement and then construction. He was not in a position to give a start
The MD unanimously recommended the council lease for five years, Unit 7, Carrigaline Industrial Park to Designtech Engineering Ltd, which specializes in light stainless steel fabrication and precision machining, for €615 per month including VAT.
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