Tipperary County Council has ruled out putting a roundabout at the Grange junction on the N52. An appeal for a roundabout was made by Cllr Hughie McGrath following a recent serious accident at the junction near Abp on Borrisokane road.
Following the accident the council asked the NRA to look at the junction and an inspector from the national authority visited the site in the past few weeks.
“They are looking at reconfiguring the road signs and we expect a reply in the next week,” said engineer Peter Fee.
He also said that parking at the meat factory needed to be looked at as it was, at present, being “tolerated”.
However, Cllr McGrath failed to see why the NRA did not consider a roundabout as trucks needed to get in and out of the factory safely. “I propose we draw up a plan for a roundabout before there is a serious accident there,” he said.
“A roundabout would cost a fortune,” replied Marcus O’Connor, district manager. “We have to have regard to what is sensible. The junction has no accident history. There was one recently and only one other in the past 10 years.”
Cllr Seamus Morris said that the parking issue at Abp “disappears for a week” following any accident at the junction. “There is parking there more often than not. It’s illegal parking. They even sit in their cars and have their lunch, putting their own lives at risk.”
Mr Fee said he would talk to the plant’s manager about parking outside the factory. Mr O’Connor said issues with the junction could be sorted through signage and parking.
Meanwhile, Cllr Joe Hannigan said the council needed to “raise the ante” with the NRA to get funding for the road at the Glue Pot in Ballingarry.