There are increasingly vocal calls today for some action to be taken about the junction where the little Irish boy was killed by a car the other evening. Road safety organization Tenerife Vial says that there are no pedestrian crossings in the area, and Spanish language social media has been strident in its criticism both of driving practices generally and the lack of traffic signs and information and pedestrian facilities on Tenerife’s roads. This criticism reaches virtual unanimity when it comes to areas of Tenerife that have huge numbers of tourists who might be unfamiliar with roads, routes and traffic.
This particular junction is known by drivers as difficult, with traffic coming off a motorway at inevitably high speed, with roads splitting into an access road for the CC Gran Sur and Torviscas Alto, and one for the Miraverde area, another for returning under the motorway to the Fañabe garden centre, and yet another to rejoin the motorway. At one junction where drivers have to crane their necks backwards to see what is coming, the alternative is nothing more than a simple mirror to tell drivers when they have a minute to speed out and join the traffic: anyone then going up past the Rodeo restaurant has little chance to stop if someone is crossing.
The calls for change to the design, access and facilities to this complicated network of roundabouts and junctions around the Gran Sur and Fañabe Garden Centre area are now clarion. Something must be done.