‘Accident waiting to happen’ on Old Youghal Road: Calls for traffic calming safety measures through Mayfield

‘Accident waiting to happen’ on Old Youghal Road: Calls for traffic calming safety measures through Mayfield

Fears have been expressed many times by local representatives regarding safety on the road which is heavily residential and home to several schools.

CALLS have been made for the Cork Metropolitan Area Transport Strategy (CMATS) to include traffic calming and pedestrian safety interventions on the Old Youghal Road through Mayfield.

Fears have been expressed many times by local representatives regarding safety on the road which is heavily residential and home to several schools including St Killian’s School, Mayfield Community School, and St John the Apostle Boys national school, as well as the CBC Sports Complex.

Green Party representative Oliver Moran has asked Cork City Council to ensure traffic calming and pedestrian priority measures from the pedestrian entrance to Mourne Avenue crossing to Harrington Square; public realm and pedestrian improvements at Dillon’s Cross; and pedestrian crossing measures from the pedestrian entrance to Murmont to the bus stop opposite, Mayfield sports complex, community school, health centre, are included in more localised CMATS projects.

However, City Hall director of operations Valerie O’Sullivan said local schemes are yet to be devised within the overarching transport strategy.

“The final CMATS document is due to be published in the coming months by the National Transport Authority (NTA).

“Following this, a framework for the implementation of the strategy will be put in place. CMATS is a strategic plan and while the draft strategy identifies the Old Youghal Road as a Strategic Walking Route, details of individual schemes will be developed individually once the framework for implementation has been agreed.”

Director of planning Fearghal Reidy added that frameworks around the delivery of CMATS will be developed next year.

Workers’ Party representative Ted Tynan has previously said that he fears a section of road on the Old Youghal Road between St Joseph’s Church and Mayfield is an “accident waiting to happen” due to vehicles travelling over the speed limit and ignoring pedestrian crossings.

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