Funding granted for traffic calming measures for Knocknaheeny road

Funding granted for traffic calming measures for Knocknaheeny road

Residents protested at Harbour View Road last November, looking for traffic calming measures to be implemented in their area. Included were Don O'Sullivan and secretary Barbara Szecsenyi, and Valerie Haynes whose niece Kimberly O’Connor was killed on the road last year. Picture Dan Linehan

FUNDING has been granted for traffic calming measures in Knocknaheeny.

The €25,000 funding for the project on Harbour View Road follows a campaign by local residents after two high profile traffic incidents on the road.

16-year-old Kimberly O'Connor was killed when a car she was travelling in collided with a wall near her home just before midnight on February 19, last year.

Three months later, a pizza delivery driver received minor injuries in a collision with a stolen car on the same area of the road on May 27 2020.

Don O’Sullivan, one of those involved in the campaign, said: “Ten speed ramps will be installed on Harbour View Road from the Baker’s Road end as far as Ardcullen. It will go through a public consultation.” 

He said that locals will continue to campaign for similar measures for Courtown Drive and Knocknaheeny Avenue, as well as extended traffic calming on Kilmore Road.

Fianna Fáil’s Cllr Tony Fitzgerald said: “Government funding has been secured to address an increase in traffic at Harbour View Road Knocknaheeny. A draft plan was presented to North West Local area committee members which include a number of traffic calming measures.” 

He said the consultation process will include engagement with Bus Éireann.

Mr Fitzgerald, along with Sinn Féin councillors Mick Nugent and Kenneth Collins commended the local residents for their campaign.

Cllr Collins said all councillors in the ward were committed to addressing the issue.

"Hopefully, these speed ramps will counteract speeding in the area," he said.

Party colleague Mick Nugent said traffic calming measures on Harbour View Road have been “long-awaited”.

"This is good news for the area.

"Last year I submitted a number of motions calling for Cork City Council to prioritise it and myself and Cllr Kenneth Collins had engaged with the Roads Directorate."

At Monday's North West local area committee, funding was also allocated to other road projects in the area.

Fianna Fáil councillor John Sheehan said €15,000 was allocated to Mount Agnes Road in Farranree and €10,000 allocated to Kerry Pike Pedestrian Crossing which is great news for the communities supported.

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