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Gardaí Out In Force Today For ‘Slow Down Day’

A reminder and warning that an Garda Síochána will be out in force today, running vehicle speed checks as part of their national “Slow Down Day” initiative.

The 24-hour operation began at 7.00am this morning right across the Irish Republic, with more than 1,000 separate speed checks expected to be set in motion.

During this day in 2016, Gardaí detected over 1,000 breaches of the law in relation to speed limits and were called to attend over 114 traffic collisions; with many classed as serious and one resulting in a tragic fatality.

Garda personnel this year, as part of a motorist education drive, will be providing road safety advice and handing out road safety leaflets, at identified busy locations. Same will highlight that nationally road deaths in 2016 showed a marked increase in fatalities, with most of the 188 road deaths linked to speed.

Statistically a 1% reduction in average driving speed will results in a 4% reduction in fatal collisions. A total of 61 people have lost their lives in crashes so far this year. Same figure represents a decrease of 12 persons compared with this time last year.


New Ballingarry (South) To Thurles Bus Service

The Tipperary Transport Coordination Unit (TTC) financed by the Dept. of Transport in conjunction with Tipperary Co. Council, got approval last week, under the Tipperary Local Transport Initiative, to provide a twice daily bus service from Ballingarry (South) to Thurles.

The service will serve Ballingarry, Killenaule, Glengoole, Ballynonty, Littleton, Thurles Town centre and the Thurles 3rd level college campusLimerick Institute of Technology (LIT).

In particular geared to serving the College, and a Thurles workforce, it will also we understand, link, in Killenaule village, to the service visiting Clonmel, thus removing at least some feelings of total isolated from small rural communities, which they have been experiencing over past years.

The TTC Unit is based in the Templemore / Thurles Municipal Offices here in Thurles. The service, as with Bus Éireann commercial services, will remain free to those over 65 and the fares, we understand, will be fairly and competitively priced.

Operating Times of New Ballingarry (South) to Thurles Bus Service.

The new Ballingarry to Thurles service, as stated, will operate twice each day; five days per week (Mon -Friday), beginning from Ballingarry at 7.50am and 12.20pm, to arrive in Thurles LIT at 8.57am and 1.27pm.

Same will return from Thurles at 2.00pm and 5.45pm, arriving back in Ballingarry at 3.05pm and 6.50pm respectively.

The service is expected to begin in July next (2017) and for the moment at least, will not run on Church or National Holidays.


Increase Your Braking Distance

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) are advising drivers and motorcyclists to take extra care using the roads at this present time.

The past prolonged dry spell of weather has allowed for the build-up of oil and rubber deposit to develop on road surfaces. Now with the weather breaking, these deposits when mixed with the recent heavy rainwater, results in a greasy road surface, which in turn reduces the expected length of stopping distances between you and the vehicle ahead, plus the risk of skids. The Road Safety Authority are therefore asking drivers, using our roads, to become aware of these present dangers and to slow down, while increasing your braking distance.

General Safety Tips for Road Users:

  • Remember it takes longer to stop a vehicle on wet roads. In this event, do slow down and allow that extra distance between you and the vehicle you are behind.
  • Take particular care when driving behind larger vehicles, e.g. trucks or buses; since they usually generate a considerable amount of spray, thus often reducing visibility on driver bringing up the rear.
  • Watch out for other vulnerable road users e.g. pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists. Remember there is also an onus also on pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists to be seen, so wear bright clothing with reflective armbands or a reflective belt.
  • During periods of poor visibility, use dipped headlights at all times. Poor drivers will tell you that headlights are fitted to cars so that you can see where you are going in the dark. Wise drivers, on the other hand, will tell you that headlights let you see and be seen in good time. (Logically, in conditions of poor visibility, if you cannot be seen clearly from behind then just one day it is inevitable that your vehicle will be hit, and the cause of this rear collision might just be an 18-wheeler.)
  • Check your tyres and replace them, if the thread depth is below 3mm.
  • Be mindful of ‘aquaplaning’ or ‘hydroplaning’ by all wheeled vehicles particularly on roads where 100/120kmh speeds apply. Note: Same occurs when a layer of water builds between the wheels of the vehicle and the road surface, leading to a loss of traction that prevents the vehicle from responding to normal control inputs.

Visit the RSA’s website HERE for further advice when using the road in severe weather conditions.


Thurles Rail Users To Expect Summer Disruptions

Thurles commuters, who can still afford to use Irish Rail’s Saturday services; delivering its passengers both to and from Heuston station (formerly Kingsbridge Station); are being warned to expect disruption over the coming summer months.

Engineering works are set to get under way between Hazelhatch and Thurles on the Dublin/Cork line, and Irish Rail are asking passengers to check Saturday train times very carefully, before using their service.

Hazelhatch (not a conventional village as such) is an area on the borders of Co. Kildare and South Co. Dublin, located approximately halfway between Celbridge and Newcastle on the R405 regional road map.  (Note: The main Southern and Western Railway to Dublin, from Cork, Limerick, Galway, Ballina etc., passes through Hazelhatch, which was first opened on August 4th 1846.)

Works however will not take place during the month of August or on any Saturdays  concurring with major sports fixtures or concert events.

The services (and Saturdays) which are expected to be affected in the coming weeks:-

  • Cork, Limerick and Tralee (on May 13, May 20, June 3, June 10 & July 1).
  • Dublin Heuston/ Cork services will operate every hour in each direction with altered times, full details of which will be available on irishrail.ie
  • Dublin Heuston/Limerick services will operate every hour, connecting to/from all Heuston/Cork services, at Limerick Junction.
  • Heuston/Tralee services will operate every two hours connecting to/from Dublin Heuston/Cork, at Mallow
  • The 17:05 Dublin Heuston/Cork service will be cancelled; with commuters heading for Tralee being asked to board the 17:05 Heuston/Cork service to change at Mallow.

Irish Rail further confirm that there will be no first-class carriages on the affected Saturdays, and they intend to either offer a new ticket or a refund to persons who have already booked a ticket for a train, and whose departure time has been either changed or cancelled.


Intention To Temporarily Close N62 At J6 on M8

It is the intention of Tipperary County Council to temporarily close the N62 and the exit from the M8 motorway at J6, in Co. Tipperary, under the Temporary Closing of Roads Act, 1993-2015, (section 75 of the roads act 1993), roads regulations, 1994 section

The duration of this closure is expected to take place from Monday May 22nd through to Thursday May 25th 2017 inc..

The reason for the closure is to facilitate badly needed pavement works at J6.

Suggested Alternative Travel Routes:
Traffic using N62 (Thurles) should divert via Pouldine (at Moycarkey school junction) and onto the R639.

Traffic from Horse & Jockey, should stay on R639, and follow diversion onto N62 via Pouldine.

Traffic for Thurles travelling northbound, should exit at J7 Cashel onto the R639.

Traffic for Horse & Jockey travelling southbound, should exit at J5, Two-Mile-Borris, onto the N75, through Two-Mile-Borris and onto the R639.

To enter the Motorway from the Horse & Jockey, follow diversion signs for J5 and J7.

Any objections to this proposed temporary closure should be submitted in writing, addressed to ‘Director of Services, Roads Transportation & Health & Safety, Tipperary County Council, Civic Offices, Limerick Road, Nenagh, to arrive not later than 12.00 noon on Thursday, May 4th 2017.

Tipperary County Council regret any inconvenience caused during this same period of closure.