Monday, April 13, 2009

BALBRIGGAN - Cardy Rock Estate – “An Accident Waiting to Happen”

Cardy Rock Estate – “An Accident Waiting to Happen”

Local Sinn Féin election candidate Fergus Byrne has called for traffic lights to be situated as a matter of urgency at the entrance of the Cardy Rock Estate in Balbriggan. Residents are very concerned about the situation as there are a number of children who cross at the junction of Cardy Rock Estate and Drogheda Street. There have been a number of near-misses and residents feel that it is only a matter of time before a serious accident occurs.

Byrne said: "The entrance to this estate has become a serious problem, both from a safety point of view and from a traffic flow aspect. The most worrying is the safety aspect, as by all accounts this is an accident waiting to happen. I have seen for myself how busy the entrance to the estate is and residents tell me that it is nothing short of a miracle that no child has been seriously injured or killed. I call upon Fingal County Council to urgently attend to this matter before an accident or tragedy occurs.”

“With regard to traffic flow, cars often have to wait several minutes at busy times while attempting to exit from the Cardy Rock Estate out onto Drogheda Street, and can have the same problems going back into the estate. Drogheda Street has a high volume of traffic at most times of the day and there has been an increase in the traffic flow due to the number of new houses built in the area. This has led to a large increase in traffic especially in the rush hours of early morning or evening. At these times it is near impossible to get out of the junction.

At my request, my Sinn Féin colleague, Councillor Paul Donnelly has put the following notion to Fingal County Council: “To ask the Manager to ensure that the Council provide a traffic management system at the junction of Cardy Rock Estate and Drogheda Street as a matter of urgency”

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