Traffic lights to make Knocknacarra accident blackspot safer
Go-ahead given for Barna Road/Ballymoneen Road junction traffic lights works
By Martina Nee
The Barna Road/Ballymoneen Road junction, the scene of a number of accidents, is to be made significantly safer after the Galway City Council gave the go-ahead for the installation of traffic lights.
Knocknacarra and Galway city west Councillor Donal Lyons has recently been informed by council officials that the proposed installation of lights at this junction will proceed. It has been confirmed that the procurement for the installation of the traffic lights and associated civil works are in hand. As there will be no land acquisitions it is anticipated the traffic lights will be installed by the end of November this year.
Welcoming the news, Cllr Lyons said: “It is an issue for which I have been campaigning and working on for some time. Over the years, I have had on-going representations from the Westbrook Residents Association, Rusheen Bay residents and Barna Road residents who wanted the junction improved as a priority. There had been a number of accidents at the junction and there was serious concern over road safety at the busy T junction. After many meetings and discussions with officials and local residents I am delighted that the go-ahead has now been given for the installation of traffic lights. Funding for the proposed works has been included in the 2013 Galway City Council budget.”
“I have no doubt that when the traffic lights are installed, it will add significantly to improved road safety at this busy junction. The traffic lights will include pedestrian crossing points which will also be of great benefit to local residents who wish to cross the busy Barna Road to visit the amenities at Lough Rusheen Park or Silverstrand.”