New data reveals Carlow's worst accident black spot and it might surprise you

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Richard Garry, Director of Local Intelligence, Gamma Location

The N81 at the Yellowford Cross Roads - which is 3km north of Rathvilly - is the most dangerous major road segment in Carlow with 46 collisions, it has been revealed. 

A company, which provides location-based insights to insurance companies and local authorities, has mapped out Transport Infrastructure Ireland data that shows that the roads with the highest collision rates.

This data is restricted to motorway and national roads only and is is based on the most recent data available from Transport Infrastructure Ireland and covers the 2015 to 2017 period.

The Gamma Local Intelligence data is determined by the number of road accidents (injury collisions) per 100 million vehicle kilometres and they are clustered in Galway, Wexford and Longford.

Collisions are limited to those that resulted in an injury on major roads from regional to motorway.

The most dangerous stretch of road is in Galway, located just east of Kylemore Lough, from Cliften to near Leenaune along the N59.

The second is between Abbey Square Roundabout and Seamus Rafter Bridge in Enniscorthy, while the third is at the Killashee Street, Ballymahon Street and New Street junction in Longford town. 

Galway was also the county that appeared most frequently in the top 20 list with eight of the most dangerous road segments located there. Clare appeared four times in the top 20.

Gamma’s Perilfinder platform has an in-built Road Accident Model which collates data from the Road Safety Authority, Transport Infrastructure Ireland and the Central Statistics Office to analyse and present accident data to show where most collisions happen.

The software also offers risk assessment insights for other perils such as flooding, fire and subsidence. 

Speaking about the data, Director of Location Intelligence for Gamma, Richard Garry said: "Overall, according to the data provided by Transport Infrastructure Ireland, collision rates are decreasing across the country.

"However, there are specific stretches of roads where the frequency of collisions is still high.

"Not only does this analysis show drivers where they need to take extra care, it is also useful for insurance companies as it identifies the areas which are worst for road accidents and enables them to better assess risk."

The top 20 worst accident black spots in Ireland and their collision rates are as follows:

·         Galway – N59, east of Kylemore Lough, from Cliften to near Leenaune, 3.7km west of junction with R344 (1131)

·         Wexford – Between Abbey Square Roundabout and Seamus Rafter Bridge in Enniscorthy (588)

·         Longford – Killashee Street, Ballymahon Street and New Street junction in Longford town (281)

·         Galway – N59, 1.3km west of Letterfrack (259)

·         Tipperary – N62, southeast of Roscrea, directly northeast of junction with R445 (251)

·         Galway/Mayo – N59, crossing at Galway-Mayo border (249)

·         Galway – N59, 1.8km west of Moyard (236)

·         Clare – N67, 1.3km north of junction with R484 (235)

·         Clare – N67, junction with R477 (220)

·         Galway – N59, junction with R344 (217)

·         Mayo – N59, south of Aasleagh, directly north of Galway border (216)

·         Galway – N59, 1.1km northeast of Letterfrack (200)

·         Clare – N67, directly south of junction with R482 (197)

·         Cork – Washington Street to Merchant’s Quay (197)

·         Galway – N59, 3km west of junction with R336 (195)

·         Galway – N59, 1.5km north of Leenaun, directly south of Mayo border (191)

·         Clare – N67, 2.9km north of junction with R484 (187)

·         Waterford – N72, north of Tallowbridge, directly west of junction with R634 (184)

·         Leitrim – N16, bridge over the Glenfarne River, 1.1km west of junction with R281 (184)

·         Cork – N72, junction with R630, north of Fermoy (167)

The insights also show the most dangerous major road segment in each county and their collision rates, which are as follows:

·         Carlow – N81, at the Yellowford Cross Roads, 3km north of Rathvilly (46)

·         Cavan – N55, 1.5km south of Ballinagh (161)

·         Clare – N67, 1.3km north of junction with R484 (235)

·         Cork – Washington Street to Merchant’s Quay, junction with R258 (197)

·         Donegal – N56, bridge over the Clady River, junction with R258 (125)

·         Dublin – M50, Exit 5 (51)

·         Galway – N59, east of Kylemore Lough, 3.7km west of junction with R344 (1131)

·         Kerry – N23, junction with N22 (119)

·         Kildare – Duke Street and Leinster Street junction in Athy (115)

·         Kilkenny – N78, through Castlecomer (110)

·         Laois – N78, directly north of junction with R431 (92)

·         Leitrim – N16, bridge over the Glenfarne River, 1.1km west of junction with R281 (184)

·         Limerick – N24, junction with Limerick South Ring Road (71)

·         Longford – Killashee Street, Ballymahon Street and New Street junction in Longford town (281)

·         Louth – N2, through Ardee, from junction with R170 to junction with N33 (73)

·         Mayo – N59, south of Aasleagh, directly north of Galway border (216)

·         Meath – N52, through Carlanstown (61)

·         Monaghan – N54, through Clones, 1km from Northern Ireland border (97)

·         Offaly – N62, north of Kennedy’s Cross Roads, 3km north of Birr (112)

·         Roscommon – Bridge Street and Shop Street junction in Boyle (107)

·         Sligo – Duck Street in Sligo town centre (164)

·         Tipperary – N62, southeast of Roscrea, directly northeast of junction with R445 (251)

·         Waterford – N72, north of Tallowbridge, directly west of junction with R634 (184)

·         Westmeath – N52, halfway between Delvin and Mullingar, 4.8km southwest of Delvin (77)

·         Wexford – Between Abbey Square Roundabout and Seamus Rafter Bridge in Enniscorthy (588)

·         Wicklow – N81, south of Poulaphouca Bridge, 1.8km north of junction with R411, just east of Kildare border (76)