Traffic management in Thurles must be put back on the agenda again according to Thurles Town Councillor David Doran, who this week, called for a special meeting to be organised in advance of the coming into play of the new relief road, which will be opened early in 2012.
The Sinn Fein Councillor was speaking at the monthly meeting of Thurles Town Council when the issue of traffic management in the town was raised and discussed at some length.
Thurles Town Clerk, Mr Michael Ryan informed members that work on the relief road, which will link the Templemore and Nenagh roads, is at an advanced stage, with the walls of the bridge over the Dublin - Cork main railway line almost completed. The decking will then be added, he said, and with contractors on site all the time now, it is hoped that the new road will be up and running very early in the new year.
There was general welcome for the news with Cllr John Kenehan stating that the work was progressing very efficiently. Mayor John Kennedy agreed but said that a crossing for students near the TI is very necessary considering the new road layout.
Councillor Doran also welcomed the progress but said that he did not believe it would have a hugely positive affect on traffic flow within the town of Thurles. “Unless we actually do something about our internal traffic flow, the link road will have no affect, especially now in the absence of a by-pass which has been shelved. We need to have this traffic management debate soon and I am calling for a special meeting to discuss it. There is no point in spending mega money on a link road if we do not have the political courage to impliment what is in our traffic management plan,” Cllr Doran said.
Parnell Street once again came sharply into focus and the suggestion that parking be taken off it completely. However, there is a general feeling, amongst the majority of councillors and officials, that this will not solve problems either - the Town Clerk offering that having so much traffic funnelled through Liberty Square is the major issue. The new link road will help with this at least, he said, but will throw extra pressure on other junctions such as Bohernanave and Castle Avenue.
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