Councillor calls for roundabout to be constructed at Killarney junction to alleviate traffic problems

Cathaoirleach of Killarney Municipal District Cllr Brendan Cronin wearing the new chain of office. Photo: Don MacMonagle

A Kerry councillor is calling for a roundabout to be constructed at a Killarney junction to alleviate traffic problems.

Councillor Brendan Cronin raised the issue at the recent Killarney Municipal District Meeting.

He called on the TII and Kerry County Council’s roads department to construct a roundabout at Madam’s Hill.

He says drivers are currently having difficulty coming from the Aghadoe Road onto the N22 due to heavy traffic, moving at increased speed.

Independent Councillor Brendan Cronin says a roundabout at this extremely busy junction would have safety benefits.

He says the trouble is that cars travelling out from town are accelerating.

The councillor says it would help reduce the speed of traffic exiting Cleeny, while also giving ample opportunity for traffic exiting from the Aghadoe side.

In response to his motion, Kerry County Council says the provision of a roundabout at this location is very challenging, adding it is unlikely to be proposed as the solution.

The council says as well as having limited land at the location, traffic volumes on the N22 are much greater than that on Aghadoe Road, resulting in an unbalanced flow through a roundabout which may cause further delays for traffic exiting from the Aghadoe Road.

The steep downhill approach could also lead to further accidents with vehicles running through the roundabout, according to the council.

Cllr Brendan Cronin says he rejects the response and believes there is adequate space at the junction to construct a roundabout.

He says areas with similar layouts have roundabouts that are working well.