New layout of Shannonpark roundabout ‘potentially unsafe’

New layout of Shannonpark roundabout ‘potentially unsafe’

The Carrigaline road, from the city leading into the Shannonpark roundabout. Picture: Eddie O’Hare

A FULL safety audit has been requested on the re-designed Shannonpark roundabout, amid concerns about the new layout.

Cork South Central TD Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire said the redesigned roundabout has caused uproar in the local community.

“I have been contacted by several constituents, regarding the new layout at Shannonpark roundabout, in Carrigaline, particularly the approach from Cork to Carrigaline.”

“I drove it myself and must admit to being quite confused.

“Approaching the roundabout in the middle lane, and two lanes merging into one at the Carrigaline exit, is very confusing, and potentially unsafe, and I know a lot of local motorists are very concerned by it.

“I know that many are frustrated by this, as, while the slip road to Ringaskiddy clearly made sense, there is a feeling the change on the Carrigaline side is not currently working, or of benefit.”

“I am writing to the council and am asking them to do a safety audit on the layout and to ensure that markings are clear, and the lane system is well-signposted and communicated.

“If it cannot be made safe through road markings and clarification on lanes, then the layout itself would be reviewed, in my view.”

Earlier this month, County Hall officials were asked to explain why changes were made to the planned upgrade.

A dedicated slip road to Ringaskiddy, seen as key by many, was removed from the plan.

Fianna Fáil councillor Seamus McGrath, and other councillors, raised the issue at a southern committee meeting in County Hall yesterday.

“The key question is why the dedicated slip road to Ringaskiddy was removed from the approved plan,” he said.

Engineers told councillors that the aims of the Shannonpark project, to improve the capacity of the roundabout from a traffic perspective, will still be achieved.

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