The Government announced on Wednesday 5th June 2013 a major investment of €100 million in the school building /road improvement programme as part of the Government’s Investing in Infrastructure and Jobs package. D'Arcy said "this announcement is obviously to be welcomed and I am proposing that a portion of this new fund is used on the Carnew - Gorey Road (R725), between Ballyellis cross and Craanford (approximately 7 km). This is one of the most dangerous short stretches of road in the country and there have been 7 fatal accidents here in the past 15 years alone. "
This €100 million fund is earmarked primarily for the replacement or refurbishment of 18 primary schools and 10 post-primary schools; I believe that our principal concern must be that our children arrive safely to school first. This dangerous road is used daily by children attending Gorey Community School (1,700 Pupils), Colaiste Bhride Secondary School in Carnew (800 pupils), and 4 other national schools in the area – knowing this road as I do, the people who will primarily gain from this potential investment are the kids and their parents travelling on it every day.
Heavy road usage
A traffic density survey carried out on in April 2012 calculated an average 1 vehicle every 13.4 seconds using this road. In its current dangerous form, it is simply not fit for purpose. In addition to the all too frequent tragic loss of life, there are also regular non-fatal serious accidents on this road with one local resident providing assistance to motorists involved in 3 separate accidents on the same day!
I have been assured that the Government will move quickly to the tender and building process and I strongly urge that the Carnew - Gorey Road is included. In straitened times like these, it may be a long time before a fund like this is in the offering again; it is vital that we have someone to fight our corner and I will be doing my utmost to ensure that these funds are invested in our area and no more lives are unnecessarily lost.