Calls for safety measures at site of eleven crashes on Carlow/Kilkenny border

Almost 1,000 people have signed a petition

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Calls for safety measures at site of 11 crashes  in Goresbridge

The scene of a recent collision at Murphy's Cross

A petition calling for urgent safety works to be carried out at Murphy’s Cross in Goresbridge was delivered to County Hall in Kilkenny this week.

Almost 1,000 people have signed a petition that was handed to Director of Services, Tim Butler by Councillor Maurice Shortall on Monday.

The petition reads: "We the undersigned are seeking that Kilkenny County Council put in place urgent safety measures at the cross roads in Goresbridge.

"We believe this should include pedestrian crossings and flashing amber lights on Barrack Street and Barrowmount Road and appropriate signage."

Cllr Shortall raised the issue at Monday’s meeting of the Castlecomer Municipal District.

"There have been a total of 11 accidents at this crossroads over the past 14 months,” he said. “I do appreciate and wish to thank our engineer, Philippe Beubry who has confirmed that the junction is the number one priority in the Low Cost Safety Scheme for 2019.

"While that news is welcome the big fear is that it will be February before that decision is made.

"There is a real sense of urgency to bring forward the overlay for Barrack Street to coincide with the proposed Low Cost Safety Scheme and to re-define the junction with clear and concise additional safety measures," he added.

"Barrack Street, Goresbridge is included in the Road Restoration Programme for 2019 therefore in my opinion it represents an opportune time to once and for all sort what is fast becoming an accident black spot.

"I wish to thank locals Denis Hynes, Jacinta Murphy Cronin, Joy Nolan and Ger Comerford who facilitated the Petition."

The area engineer said that once funding was confirmed for the scheme design work would be carried out.