Warning of ‘carnage’ after traffic light outage

Warning of ‘carnage’ after traffic light outage
The traffic lights at the junction of the Commons Road and North Ring Road have been without power on numerous occasions this week.

“CARNAGE” could be caused by major traffic junction light outages, a city councillor has warned.

Motorists arriving into the city via the Commons Road and the North Ring Road were met with uncontrolled traffic at the N20 junction at Blackpool on Monday and Tuesday morning this week due to traffic light outages.

A spokesperson for Cork City Council said a power cut caused the lights to go out.

"Traffic Signals at the junction linking the N20 into the city and the North Ring Road were off [on Tuesday morning] and were reset by Cork City Council’s own Electrician at 8:45am. They were also off [on Monday] and were reset at 14:06pm. The issue arose due to a power supply issue," the spokesperson said.

The lights have now been restored but Councillor Thomas Gould (SF) has said these issues need to be rectified more quickly when identified to prevent the health and safety of motorists being compromised.

“I rang Mayfield Garda station when I learned of this because there should have been someone on duty directing the traffic. A proper repair needs to be done. It’s very annoying that the lights are out for such a long period on one of the major junctions into the city,” Mr Gould said.

“The lights on the Commons Road at the junctions linking to the Old Mallow Road were also out and that is also dangerous with people trying to pull out and join the main dual carriageway to Blarney.

“The Northern Ring Road junction is a spaghetti junction with cars coming out of the shopping centre going in and out of the city. There are several lanes of traffic and there are multiple thousand people using it each day. It’s disgraceful and shocking.

“People should be on call to rectify these issues immediately. It is a health and safety issue and a call out service should be in place for major junctions. If a tourist or person not used to driving in the city thinks they have the right of way, it could cause carnage. This would not happen in any other major European or American city. You simply would not have a major traffic junction left for longer than 24 hours with no major repair works,” Mr Gould added.

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