MEASURES to reduce speed in two of the city’s busiest areas have been called for by councillors who fear a serious accident.
On the Lower Glanmire Road, Councillor Joe Kavanagh (FG) is looking for speed monitors to be installed due to increased speeding.
“This is a very urgent issue that needs to be addressed immediately in the interests of public safety. What we are looking for is a permanent fixture there to highlight the speed of traffic. It’s the main exit out of Cork city and it is something that needs to be monitored. It is highly dangerous,” he said. “There are cars parked on both sides of the road and it’s impossible to cross the road to Kent Station which a lot of people are using. It’s very important that something is installed as soon as possible,” he added.
City Hall director of roads and transportation Gerry O’Beirne said the locations of speed monitors are a matter for the gardaí. “The signs are moved from time to time and a number are scheduled to be moved to new locations in the coming months. However, further locations will be examined and agreed with Gardaí towards the end of 2019.
At Bishopscourt Drive, near Wilton, John Buttimer (FG) has asked for speed ramps. “This area has become a ‘rat run’ for huge traffic which exits from Aldi supermarket [and] cannot make a U-turn there, so turn left into Bishopstown Drive, Bishopscourt Park and on to the main Bishopstown Road again, causing huge problems for residents. Speeding on this road is a major dangerous issue,” he said.
A report from City Hall stated that traffic calming proposals are being prepared for Bishopscourt Drive. The work is due to be undertaken later this year.