Nenagh’s Market Cross traffic appeal by Cllr McGrath

Independent Cllr Hughie McGrath has called for the lights at the Market Cross in Nenagh to be switched off. He has claimed that the lights are hindering the proper flow of traffic around the town, which moves easier when the lights are out of actio

Independent Cllr Hughie McGrath has called for the lights at the Market Cross in Nenagh to be switched off.

He has claimed that the lights are hindering the proper flow of traffic around the town, which moves easier when the lights are out of actio

“They are not working,” he declared at Nenagh Municipal District Council. “They are tormenting everyone.”

He stated that sometimes only two cars were being allowed through the lights before they turned red again.

Cllr McGrath called on the council to intall safety railings around the cross that would direct pedestrians to nearby crossings, as it the case with Kickham Street and Pearse Street.

He was supported by Fianna Fail’s Cllr John Carroll, who described the set-up as “frustrating”.

However, district manager Marcus O’Connor said that there were traffic queues in both directions at the lights which caused delays because the lights responded to movement and the traffic flow was too heavy for them to cope. He pointed out that the lights will be removed under the town’s proposed traffic management plan, which would also see traffic flow reversed.