Residents in Wilton call for bus lane probe following crashes

Residents in Wilton call for bus lane probe following crashes
Example of road traffic accidents in Wilton

RESIDENTS in Wilton are calling for an independent investigation into a bus lane involved in several collisions.

A bus lane on what is known as the Wilton Corridor was installed in 2003 between CUH and Dennehy’s cross.

A crash there last Saturday involving two female drivers has caused the Wilton Residents Association (WRA) to again call for the bus lane to be altered because a ‘slide effect’ that has seen an average of 16 accidents there per year — according to garda data.

“This latest crash is, of course, just another to add to the hundreds of crashes associated with the dangerous and dysfunctional bus lane,” said WRA’s John Leahy.

Mr Leahy added that he feels Cork City Council have “completely failed to address the multiple health, safety and wellbeing issues highlighted in a detailed presentation given to them by WRA and advice from An Garda Siochána”.

Plans for changes to the Wilton Corridor were put on display last year by Cork City Council, but they were described as “seriously flawed” by the residents’ association who say there are issues with noise pollution, speeding and the high volume of traffic — some eight million vehicles use the road annually.

A copy of a report from consultants Clifton Scannell Emerson (CSE) was obtained by residents under the Freedom of Information Act.

The WRA are calling for an independent study before any changes are made and have advised that the bus lane is closed in the meantime.

The residents want two three-metre lanes and two 1.5m cycle lanes in its place.

“One can only assume that the councillors acted in good faith but... instead of rubber stamping the CSE report, the wiser action would have been to call for, in the first instance, an independent impact survey and safety audit before any further public monies are expended and wasted,” said Mr Leahy.

Residents have an ongoing issue with the traffic operations in the area, which is one of the most congested parts of the city suburbs.

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