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Westport tailbacks prompt call for traffic-light ‘rejig’

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LIGHTS CAUSING CONGESTION Fianna Fáil councillor, Brendan Mulroy.

The Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council, Brendan Mulroy has asked council engineers to look at the traffic-light system in Westport, which he claims causes congestion on approach roads to the town. The Westport-based councillor made his comments at Friday’s monthly meeting of the Westport-Belmullet Municipal District.
Referring to the traffic caused by competitors arriving to take part in the recent Sea2Summit endurance race in Westport, Cllr Mulroy said that long tailbacks are also seen when the town is not so busy and there is no event taking place.
“At different times in Westport there is no traffic in the centre of the town and yet all the roads around it are all backlogged. I know there was an event recently which was really successful but [there was a long] backlog of the traffic out the road.
“The traffic lights need to be rejigged. I’d love to get a satellite photo of Westport when there is tailbacks going out the road and yet there is nothing in the centre of town. It does create a problem on the Newport Road side also,” he said.
While congratulating the organisers of Sea2Summit, saying the event is welcomed by everyone in Westport, Cllr Christy Hyland acknowledged that there were long traffic jams on the Friday evening before the event, when competitors were arriving to register. He suggested using a different registration venue to the Sacred Heart School on the Castlebar Road for next year’s event.

Carrowholly congestion
Also speaking on the topic of traffic congestion, Independent councillor John O’Malley said he believes that proposed new housing on the Golf Course Road in Westport could add to traffic congestion. He said this was a concern for people of Carrowholly travelling into Westport, as they already face traffic congestion.
“If you come up that road anytime after half eight you’ll be three quarters of an hour before you get to the corner here in Westport because of the stupid place that school [the new Scoil Phádraig building on the Newport Road] was put. I don’t care what anyone says that was a stupid place to put a school.
“When the first school [Westport Vocational School] was put there, it was along a road for a donkey and cart but now there are people there crossing over and that road is diabolical in the morning and evening.
“The people of Carrowholly have concerns about development there because of traffic congestion … We need a meeting to try and elevate that problem because it will become a real problem,” he said.