Confusion at dangerous junction in County Limerick town

Michael Murphy at the speed activated traffic sign at Nelson's Cross

TRAFFIC calming measures at an accident blackspot in Castleconnell are causing total confusion.

And Fine Gael local election candidate for Limerick City East, Michael Murphy is concerned that this confusion could lead to further serious accidents or fatalities at Nelson’s Cross.

The first-time local election candidate believes that the traffic calming measures introduced at the cross are confusing for motorists.

“There has been one fatality and a number of accidents at this junction over the years. Two recent accidents saw one car end up on its roof and another end on its side,” Mr Murphy, a native of Gouig, Castleconnell, explained.

Mr Murphy who ran a successful passenger transport business in Castleconnell supporting the local community for many years, explained why the new traffic calming measures are causing confusion.

“A vehicle activated sign installed last year is set at 50km per hour. But motorists only become aware of this when you exceed this limit. The road markings either side of this junction on the R525 show the speed at 60km in both directions so everyone is confused. I am asking the council to clarify what is the limit? Is it 60km or 50km? People need to know.

“The next Junction R525/L1105 (Skehan’s Cross) has a speed limit from both directions of 50km. People are of the opinion that 50km should also apply to Nelson’s Cross as it is seen as a far more dangerous junction,” he added.

He is also calling for the realignment of an ESB Pole at Nelson’s Cross, which he says will help improve visibility at the junction.