1,200 sign petition on N20 junction closure

1,200 sign petition on N20 junction closure
Representatives of Waterloo Access Group (from left) Anthony Horgan, Betty O'Leary, Mary Keohane and Shemas Eivers arriving at Cork County Hall to hand in a petition to Cllr. Patrick Gerard Murphy, Mayor of the County of Cork, which is signed by 1200 people calling for a full safe re-opening of the Waterloo junction on the Cork-Mallow Road. Picture: Denis Minihane.Video with this.

COUNTY Hall engineers will meet with councillors on September 20 to discuss the controversial closure of the Waterloo N20 junction.

Four representatives of Waterloo Access Group (from left) Mary Keohane, Anthony Horgan, Betty O'Leary and Shemas Eivers handing in a petition at Cork County Hall to Cllr. Patrick Gerard Murphy, Mayor of the County of Cork, which is signed by 1200 people calling for a full safe re-opening of the Waterloo junction on the Cork-Mallow Road. Also in picture are Cllr. Bob Ryan and Cllr. Michael Creed (right). Picture: Denis Minihane.Video with this.
Four representatives of Waterloo Access Group (from left) Mary Keohane, Anthony Horgan, Betty O'Leary and Shemas Eivers handing in a petition at Cork County Hall to Cllr. Patrick Gerard Murphy, Mayor of the County of Cork, which is signed by 1200 people calling for a full safe re-opening of the Waterloo junction on the Cork-Mallow Road. Also in picture are Cllr. Bob Ryan and Cllr. Michael Creed (right). Picture: Denis Minihane.Video with this.

On Friday, a local lobby group presented County Mayor, Patrick Gerard Murphy, with a petition, containing 1,200 signatures, opposing the closure. Talks will continue to find a solution to the controversy: Cork County Council closed the junction on the Cork-to-Mallow road without public consultation.

The junction has been the scene of numerous serious crashes in recent times, with two American tourists killed in one such accident.

However, residents in the Waterloo and Whitechurch areas claim the permanent closure of the junction would dramatically increase local journey times and are calling for safety measures to be put in place, instead of a closure.

A County Hall safety report has recommended that the junction be closed permanently, despite the objections of local residents.

Before a final decision is made on the matter, county council chief executive, Tim Lucey, has promised to examine a compromise proposal that would allow the Waterloo N20 junction to remain open via left-turn access only.

The local authority received a submission from the gardaí, allowing for a left turn in and left turn out, only on the junction. This would mean cars would not be crossing fast-moving lanes of traffic.

County Hall engineers are now working on developing the option, Mr Lucey has said.

The Waterloo Access Group has said this is an “unacceptable proposal” and it will continue to push for the junction to be open. It is calling on Cork County Council to explore all options to fully and safely re-open the junction, with access not just limited to left-in, left-out turns.

The group’s co-chair, Anthony Horgan, said: “We had 1,200 signatures on our petition, which is a very impressive number, considering we are a small, rural community.

“The engineers are still talking to our councillors. We invited them to a public meeting, but they were unavailable to attend.

“Not one person in the community is in favour of the junction closing at all,” he added.

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