Lonergan hopeful Knockagh Roundabout works will improve safety

Independent County Councillor, Martin Lonergan has welcomed confirmation that Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) have identified Knockagh Roundabout on the N24 as a site for resurfacing works in 2017 under their HD28 Programme.

The news came following a Notice of Motion tabled by Cllr. Lonergan at the February meeting of Clonmel Borough District in Town Hall.

Commenting on the Motion Councillor Lonergan said, “A number of serious accidents have, in recent years taken place at the roundabout on the N24/R640 with cars leaving the road and crashing into the barriers and indeed the centre of the roundabout. Hopefully the decision of the TII to resurface the road will alleviate incidents at this location. However, measures should also be put in place to curb the speed of vehicles as they enter the roundabout from all roads.

I am also pleased that as part of my motion, the Borough District will speak to the TII in relation to their alleged claiming of off drivers insurance as was the case in one incident brought to my attention. In that case, a claim was made to replace a section of barrier following an accident. If this was the case it is totally unacceptable especially as the person in question had no idea until she went to re-insure her car!”

Concluding Cllr. Lonergan said, “The TII had previously indicated that they had in fact, tested the surface of the roundabout and found no defects. If they have now decided to re-surface it, surly something was wrong with the surface and if it was, surely it should not be the responsibility of the driver to pay for any damage caused to barriers or other sections of it!”

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