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Cork East Constituency Fine Gael TD, David Stanton, has again written to both Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) and to Cork County Council to emphasise the need for further action to address safety issues with regard to two sections of the N25 national road outside of Midleton.

Highlighting issues with regard to traffic volumes at the Lakeview Roundabout and access to the N25 heading westwards to Cork city at the slip road adjacent to Gaelscoil Mhainistir na Corann in Baneshane, David Stanton said: “The slip road at this location is extremely short for vehicles joining the N25 with huge volumes of traffic each day. It is an incredibly dangerous approach which unfortunately has seen a number of accidents in the past and frequent near misses.

“In addition, Lakeview Roundabout is an extraordinarily busy intersection along the N25 route and one which road users from all directions have experienced difficulty trying to access particularly at peak commute times. The approach to the roundabout from St. Mary’ Road has become particularly problematic of late with long tailbacks.

“At these times it is common to see two lines of traffic exiting the N25 from the west and entering the roundabout bumper to bumper making it virtually impossible and very dangerous for any traffic endeavouring to join the roundabout from St Mary’s Road.  This is leading to traffic delays and gridlock all the way down to the Main Street of Midleton and beyond. 

“The current situation at Lakeview Roundabout during peak commute times is having a serious negative effect on traffic flow throughout the town and is making it increasingly difficult for people to make their daily journeys. I fear that with winter approaching and with increasing traffic on the N25 as schools return that there is huge potential for serious accidents to occur and I have written to both TII and Cork County Council asking them to further examine possible improvements at both of these locations as a matter of urgency”, concluded David Stanton.