The ongoing problems associated with the Lidl roundabout at Abbey Road, Thurles has once again been highlighted with a call for an electronic speed limiter sign to be erected on the approach from Holycross.
North Tipperary County Councillor John Kennedy, who is also a member of Thurles Town Council, raised the matter at a meeting of the Thurles area councillors this week and expressed considerable concern at the dangers associated with the roundabout.
There have been lengthy discussions about the location in the past with the big complaint being that a lot of the motorists coming from the Holycross road are simply driving straight through the roundabout at speed, and not stopping at all. This has resulted in a number of accidents and a few narrow escapes also, and councillors are concerned that a fatality may occur if the measures to prevent such activity are not taken.
“This is of major concern to us all in the Thurles area and I have had a number of pedestrains and residents of the area who have asked if we could set out a scheme to tackle this area. I am wondering about the use of electronic speed warning signs where motorists are informed of the speed they are travelling when they come into the area - they are located in many towns thorughout the country and they may just help on the approach to the Lidl roundabout,” Cllr Kennedy said.
The Labour councillor offered the view that such signs should be used at Bohernamona Road also, but suggested taking on the Lidl roundabout as a pilot scheme to see how it works.
Thurles Area Engineer Mr Ruairi Boland said that he would bring the matter to the attention of the National Roads Authority Inspector as it is a regional road which is controlled by the NRA.
The wide straight run into the roundabout from the Holycross road side has been blamed in the past on the excessive speed adopted by motorists as they approach Lidl. And, it has been suggested that traffic calming measures on the approach road might be solution to the problem which has occupied a considerable amount of local authority time at Town Council and Area meeting level over the last number of months.