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Accident black spots revealed

Wednesday, 25th September, 2019 4:50pm

The most dangerous stretches of roads in Cork have been revealed.

The Washington Street to Merchant’s Quay section of Cork city centre and north of Fermoy on the N72 were this week branded as some of the most “treacherous road segments”.

Data was published on Monday by Gamma Location Intelligence, which provides location-based insights to insurance companies and local authorities.

It has mapped out Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) data that shows the Irish roads with the highest collision rates determined by the number of road accidents, which were injury collisions, per 100 million vehicle kilometres.

Washington Street to Merchant’s Quay took the 14th place while the Fermoy road is in 20th place in the top 20.

The analysis is based on the most recent data available from Transport Infrastructure Ireland and covers the 2015 to 2017 period.

Speaking about the data, Director of Location Intelligence for Gamma, Richard Garry said: “Overall, according to the data provided by TII, collision rates are decreasing across the country. However, there are specific stretches of roads where the frequency of collisions is still high.

“Not only does this analysis show drivers where they need to take extra care, it is also useful for insurance companies as it identifies the areas which are worst for road accidents and enables them to better assess risk.”

The most dangerous stretch of road is in Galway, located just east of Kylemore Lough, from Cliften to near Leenaune along the N59.

The second most dangerous is between Abbey Square Roundabout and Seamus Rafter Bridge in Enniscorthy, while the third is at the Killashee Street, Ballymahon Street and New Street junction in Longford town.

Galway was also the county that appeared most frequently in the top 20 list with eight of the most dangerous road segments located there. Clare appeared four times in the top 20.

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