15:56 Monday, 23 September 2019
Galway has the most treacherous roads in the country.
The most dangerous road in Ireland is a section of the N59 in Co Galway, according to Gamma Location Intelligence.
The county also has the highest number of accident black spots in the country while the N59 alone appears nine times on the list. The second most dangerous road is by Abbey Square Roundabout in Enniscorthy Co Wexford, while the third is at the New Street junction in Longford town.
The study also pinpointed the most treacherous road in each county, with Exit 5 on the M1 ranked as Dublin’s most dangerous location for collisions.
Here’s the full list of the 20 worst accident black spots in Ireland:
- Galway – N59, east of Kylemore Lough, from Clifden to near Leenaun, 3.7km west of junction with R344
- Wexford – Between Abbey Square Roundabout and Seamus Rafter Bridge in Enniscorthy
- Longford – Killashee Street, Ballymahon Street and New Street junction in Longford town
- Galway – N59, 1.3km west of Letterfrack
- Tipperary – N62, southeast of Roscrea, directly northeast of junction with R445
- Galway/Mayo – N59, crossing at Galway-Mayo border
- Galway – N59, 1.8km west of Moyard
- Clare – N67, 1.3km north of junction with R484
- Clare – N67, junction with R477
- Galway – N59, junction with R344
- Mayo – N59, south of Aasleagh, directly north of Galway border
- Galway – N59, 1.1km northeast of Letterfrack
- Clare – N67, directly south of junction with R482
- Cork – Washington Street to Merchant’s Quay
- Galway – N59, 3km west of junction with R336
- Galway – N59, 1.5km north of Leenaun, directly south of Mayo border
- Clare – N67, 2.9km north of junction with R484
- Waterford – N72, north of Tallowbridge, directly west of junction with R634
- Leitrim – N16, bridge over the Glenfarne River, 1.1km west of junction with R281
- Cork – N72, junction with R630, north of Fermoy
The study looked at data from Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) between the years 2015 and 2017 which showed the roads with the highest collision rates.
Richard Garry, Director of Location Intelligence for Gamma told the Irish Independent:
“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.
“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.”