Sinn Féin TD, Darren O’Rourke has claimed the Oberstown cross junction in Skryne is a ‘death trap’ and will cost lives if action is not taken immediately. He has written to the Minister for Transport and called on local Ministers Helen McEntee and Thomas Byrne to intervene to address apparent funding constraints and Council dithering.
He told Meath Live, “Oberstown Cross is a death trap. The number of serious collisions at the junction is very, very concerning. Everyone knows that enhanced traffic calming measures are needed, but they’ve known that for year and, still, nothing happens. It is completely reckless on behalf of the responsible authorities.
“The irony of Helen McEntee and Fine Gael Councillors erecting a ‘have a safe Christmas’ poster up at the most dangerous junction in the county is lost on no-one.
“While Meath County Council dither, the Government won’t commit to funding essential traffic calming works at the site, and Minister McEntee’s department is unable to answer simple questions about collisions at the junction. In November, I asked for an update from the Minister on the number of collisions at the site. She was unable to provide the information at the time, or since. It’s not good enough.
“We had another serious collision at the junction at the weekend. A serious collision but a lucky escape. We may not be as lucky the next time. Oberstown Cross is not ‘an accident waiting to happen’, it’s ‘a fatality waiting to happen’. We know the solution, so what’s the hold-up?
“Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil are uniquely positioned to do something about this. I am calling on local Ministers McEntee and Byrne to intervene to ensure the funding for this work is made available immediately. I have also written to the Minister for Transport. It’s time for Government to stop passing the buck, to address whatever issues are causing the delay and, in the interest of safety, to get this urgent matter resolved.” ENDS