The Delvin Road at Clonmellon (image from Google Maps).

Safety at tricky Delvin junction to be examined

Moves are afoot to improve safety at a tricky junction in Clonmellon, staff of the Municipal District of Mullingar Kinnegad have confirmed.

The information came in response to representations by Cllr Frank McDermott, who asked at the May meeting that Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) be asked to build a ramp on the Delvin Road into Clonmellon.

The official response to Cllr McDermott’s request stated that the council’s transport department is liaising with TII to prepare a feasibility and options report to support a road safety and traffic calming scheme at the junction of the N52/Killallon Road and Kilskyre Road in Clonmellon.

“All approach roads to this junction in Clonmellon including the Delvin Road will be examined as part of this appraisal process,” the response concluded.

“There’s a need for a major appraisal and I welcome the appraisal,” Cllr McDermott said.

Additional signs at St Tola’s NS

Additional signs will be erected near St Tola’s NS, Delvin, Cllr McDermott and Cllr Emily Wallace were assured when they raised safety concerns about that location. The written response to their requests stated that a recent meeting was held between county council and National Roads Office staff.

“It was agreed that additional signage would be erected, and advice would be given to St Tola’s as part of their development works,” the reply concluded.

Cllr McDermott welcomed that, saying the situation was beginning to get serious and there had been an accident a week earlier. Cllr Wallace asked for an indication on when the new signage would be erected. District engineer Pat Kavanagh said that just the previous Thursday, the roads office told him they have a contractor on board to erect electronic signs.

“I will follow up. I think the sooner, the better,” he said. Mr Kavanagh was confident the problems at St Tola’s will be eliminated.