NENAGH Town Council are planning to launch a public consultation process before making a decision with regard to the potential relocation of the bus stops on Kickham Street to the railway station.
“I believe that moving the bus stops to the railway station would not be a safe move and that it would not be the proper move to make,” Councillor Hughie McGrath said.
He argued that once the current bus stops were “properly managed and supervised” that they were “ideally located”.
Fianna Fáil’s Cllr Jimmy Moran supported Cllr McGrath’s stance while Labour Councillor Virginia O’Dowd said that she was “delighted” that the issue had been highlighted. Cllr O’Dowd suggested that the bus stops “needed to be policed better”.
“I don’t believe for one second that if the buses were moved that any businesses would close in the town,” Fine Gael’s Cllr Conor Delaney said.
“We need to take a step back and have a good look at this.”
In response Councillor Séamus Morris (Sinn Féin) argued that “it is our responsibility to keep as much business as we can in the town” before suggesting that a shelter could improve the bus stops on Kickham Street significantly.
Fianna Fáil councillors Tom Mulqueen and Tommy Morgan agreed that the bus stops should remain in situ while Mayor Lalor McGee (Labour) insisted that many of the problems associated with the bus stops were related to “policing”.
Town Manager Mr Marcus O’Connor indicated that three proposals would be included in the public consultation process.
One proposal suggests leaving the bus stops as is, the second suggests staggering the location of the bus stops to allow for buses to come and go from Kickham Street in a more streamlined fashion and the third presents the option of relocating the bus stops to a “transport hub” at the Railway Station.
“I think people accept that the current situation is not working properly,” Mr O’Connor said before indicating that there was “mayhem in the town on a regular basis”.
Mr O’Connor also suggested that work could be done to improve the layout of the bus stops while enforcement and the synchronisation of bus arrival/departure times could also be worked on.