Consultants hired to review Killarney traffic issues

Consultants have been hired by Kerry County Council to examine what has gone wrong with the traffic system in Killarney.

Consultants hired to review Killarney traffic issues

So-called improvements and redesigns in road alignment instigated by the council and the NRA over the last five years have led to uproar in the tourist town.

Independent councillor Donal Grady demanded that a junction at St Mary’s Cathedral be returned to its original layout.

Two lanes had previously operated at the spot, where traffic from schools, a funeral home, and the cathedral converges at the entrance to the town centre, but the alignment in recent years was confusing as well as causing traffic jams, he claimed.

Similar complaints had been received about a redesign of the northern entrance to the town at High St, while some motorists are avoiding a “confusing roundabout” further to the north, which opens directly into the Gateway centre.

Elsewhere, public meetings have been held against the redesign of the Muckross Road, currently under way. A lack of pedestrian crossings at Beech Rd and at the East Avenue Hotel has also been highlighted at council meetings.

The council said the review and study by consultants Malachy Walsh and Partners would look at all aspects.

“The need for the study was identified due to the increase in traffic experienced in the town in recent years, and to inform the council as to appropriate measures that may be required to improve traffic flows for the future, including any recommendations for junction improvements, revisions to traffic and parking arrangements, councilors have been told,” a council statement said.

Some €40,000 has so far been set aside for the consultants’ study, it emerged.

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