Friday, October 04, 2019

BAD news for the Duke Street and Leinster Street junction in Athy – recent research has highlighted this section as the most dangerous major road segment in Co Kildare.

Analysis of the most treacherous road segments in Ireland has been released by Gamma Location Intelligence, a location intelligence services provider. The company, which provides location-based insights to insurance companies and local authorities, has mapped out data from Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) and noted that 115 collisions occurred at the Athy location from 2015 to 2017.

It also flagged a location just east of the Kildare border in Wicklow – the N81, south of Poulaphouca Bridge, 1.8km north of the junction with the R411, with 76 collisions. In addition, commuters from the area might also be familiar with Exit 5 (Finglas/Derry/Ashbourne) on the M50, which was noted as the most dangerous road segment in Dublin with 51 collisions.

Thankfully neither Athy nor Kildare appeared in the top 20 worst accident black spots in Ireland, with Galway and Longford among those appearing several times in the findings.

Gamma’s Perilfinder platform has an in-built Road Accident Model that collates data from the Road Safety Authority, TII and the Central Statistics Office to analyse and present accident data to show where most collisions happen. The software also offers risk assessment insights for other perils such as flooding, fire and subsidence.

Their analysis of road accidents is the latest work carried out as part of Gamma’s Location Insights series, presented by the firm to showcase the power of location intelligence to answer questions relating to Irish society.

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

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By Conor Forrest
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