Blackpool bypass is to be examined for possible junction redesigns to improve safety

Blackpool bypass is to be examined for possible junction redesigns to improve safety
Picture from the Cork City Fire Service of a crash at the junction of Assumption Road and the Blackpool Bypass.

ONE of the city’s main arteries will be inspected and assessed by Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) to determine whether safety measures or junction redesigns are needed.

The N20 Blackpool bypass was the scene of a serious crash last month at the Assumption Road junction causing long delays for commuters heading in and out of the city in the morning rush hour.

Local representative Ken O’Flynn has said the road is in serious need of a redesign due to the number of crashes and near-crashes that take place on a daily basis.

Thousands of cars travel the route each day to and from the N20, North Ring Road and the city centre. It has not been altered since it was opened nearly two decades ago.

TII’s own data from it’s National Road Network Indicators 2018 report already suggest the bypass is 20% over capacity.

“The junction at Assumption Road needs to be redesigned. I’m actually surprised at how few accidents happen there because there are lots of near misses,” said Mr O’Flynn.

Mr O’Flynn said a road safety scheme will now be pursued and TII and Cork City Council are in the process of appointing a consultant to progress this scheme.

The consultant is due to be appointed towards the end of this year.

The process will use collision data and vehicle kilometres travelled to assess the safety of the road. The outputs of this collision analysis will go towards targeting annual road safety remedial measures.

TII said: “This inspection of the site’s collision history, coupled with the site visit where appropriate, helps determines if an engineering countermeasure will improve the safety performance of the location.”

The bypass was opened to alleviate traffic going through Blackpool’s Watercourse Road and Thomas Davis Street in 2001 and effectively split the area in two.

It is classed as a national primary road and its maintenance is managed directly by TII.

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