A long-awaited bus parking area is to be provided in Killarney.
Coach companies had been asking for such facilities in the Co Kerry town, and 21 spaces will be provided in the Lewis Rd car park, this year.
Half of the car park will be set aside for buses at night, and the system will be for a one-year trial period. Around 120 car spaces will remain.
Town clerk Michael O’Leary told Monday night’s council meeting that all car parks in Killarney had been examined and Lewis Rd, close to the town centre, was found to be the most suitable.
Buses would be allowed to drop and collect passengers in other parts of the town.
When asked about charges for the facility, Mr O’Leary said: “We see the provision of facilities as more important than potential income.”
They would also be looking at security systems, including CCTV.
Councillors said a situation whereby buses were parked overnight on the streets, or even footpaths, of the busy town was not acceptable and added to traffic problems.
Cllr Sean Counihan had reservations about the selected car park because of high traffic volumes of traffic on the road.
Also, the council is to look at the possibility of developing a high-rise car park in Killarney.
Council officials said underground parking was technically possible, but it would be extremely costly.
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