Whitmore calls for N11 in Wicklow to be prioritised for deer management

Social Democrats TD for Wicklow, Jennifer Whitmore has called on Transport Infrastructure Ireland to prioritise the N11, as one of the main commuter routes in the country, for a deer management programme.

Deputy Whitmore made the call after several constituents noted dangerous driving conditions due to numerous deer running across the N11.

“It’s a matter of both road safety for drivers and also for the lives of deer that a proper management plan is put in place along the N11. Currently there isn’t a plan which means along the N11 there aren’t the proper structures in place to make sure deer are safe when crossing and for drivers who may encounter a deer at high speeds.

“Several constituents got in touch with me describing very scary near misses and in some cases some collisions that have taken place in the past few months due to deer running out onto the road. This is particularly common for people on night shifts, driving late into the evening to and from Wicklow. Furthermore, deer collisions increase during the rutting season which typically takes place during the autumn months. 

“In response to these safety concerns, I wrote to Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) who stated that a Deer Management pilot study is currently being carried including an ecological assessment of deer and their movements on a section of the N77 in County Laois where there are records of a number of collisions with deer. Ultimately, this study will provide a recommended design of mitigation for this section of national road, along with the development of associated standard documents (for example, specification of deer fencing). This study is due to be completed in the coming months and will hopefully inform other main roads like the N11.

“However, I have asked that a subsequent study be carried out along the N11 in Wicklow given it is a popular commuter route and that once rolled out, the associated works to improve such roads is prioritised on the N11 route” concludes Whitmore. 

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