Questions raised over Devins Drive/Cranmore Road junction

A Sligo councillor says that in all his years driving he has never come across a junction layout like that at the junction of Devins Drive and Cranmore Road in Sligo town.

The new layout at the junction has led to concerns and queries from members of the public.

The issue of the new junction layout was raised by Independent Councillor Declan Bree at this morning’s February monthly meeting of Sligo County Council.

Cllr Bree said he had been contacted by numerous residents of Cranmore, with many fearing there will be an accident because of the new layout.

He asked if the junction complied with department regulations and if the Road Safety Authority was satisfied with it.

He outlined his concerns to Ocean FM News:

Fine Gael Councillor Sinead Maguire supported Cllr Bree.

She also said there were concerns about people crossing the road in the area, particularly when people crossed through boulders for a short cut.

Council Director of Services Bartley Gavin said the junction was designed in accordance with the design manual for urban roads.

He said that in situations like this, issues arise because they involves change.

He said the council would look at the pedestrian issue as well as the issues raised by Cllr Bree.

Mr Gavin added that the boulders were to prevent vehicles mounting the kerb.

Council Chief Executive Ciaran Hayes told councillors there are a number of health and safety issues that are examined at different stages, the first being at the drawing stage and the last after a period of operation, which is the stage they are at now.

Mr Hayes said they would now review the working of the junction to see how it is operating.