Wilton residents hit out at traffic problems

Wilton residents hit out at traffic problems
An example of a road traffic accident in Wilton

RESIDENTS in Wilton have again hit out at Cork City Council for failing to address traffic problems in the area.

The local residents' group said that new proposals to revamp the traffic corridor in the west of the city will do nothing to alleviate issues of speed and congestion that cause havoc for residents every day.

Later this year, the local authority will commence a multi-million plan to upgrade the busy road network close to CUH and CIT.

One of the city's busiest access routes, it handles up to eight million vehicle movements each year.

Proposed changes include the widening of the Dennehy's Cross junction, the addition of pedestrian crossings and the installation of signals at the Wilton roundabout.

However, John Leahy, the chair of the Wilton Residents' Association, said that the proposals will do little to ease the issues.

Mr Leahy said that congestion and speeding are getting worse in the area.

Residents in the area face major issues entering and exiting their estate each day, he added, while many residents have also faced issues as a result of cyclists using footpaths.

Mr Leahy said that he has observed numerous vehicles, including buses and taxis, breaking the 50km speed limit on the Wilton Road, with some exceeding 85kph.

"Speeding is only curtailed when traffic grinds to a snail pace due to serious congestion at rush hour in the mornings and late afternoons," he said.

Two separate speed surveys conducted by Cork City Council in 2011 and 2014 confirm that more than 1.5 million vehicles break the speed limit on the road each year, accounting to more than 4,200 per day.

Issues at the Wilton Gardens junction persist, he added, citing garda records which show more than 100 accidents in the area since the addition of a bus lane in 2003.

Plans to signalise the busy Wilton roundabout will not ease issues either, Mr Leahy added.

He said, "Council officials have failed to address the serious and constant dangers at Wilton roundabout for pedestrians and cyclists. They are about to waste more public funds by signalising the roundabout when all that is required are pedestrian/cycle crossings. Traffic lights will do nothing to reduce the impact of increasing congestion."

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