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Westport traffic lights to be replaced soon


NEW LIGHTS Work on replacing the traffic lights on the Castlebar Road in Westport is due to start this week.

Preferred bidder selected and work to begin this week

Michael Duffy

NEW traffic lights are to be installed at a busy junction in Westport, with work due to start there in the coming week.
The traffic lights at the junction outside the Castlecourt Hotel on the Castlebar Road in Westport have been out of action for the last couple of months, and residents in the area had been asking if any plans were in place for replacement lights.
When contacted by The Mayo News, Tom Gilligan, Director of Services with Mayo County Council confirmed that new lights will now be installed.
“The traffic lights opposite the Castlecourt Hotel haven’t been functioning properly for some time and the staff in the Westport/Belmullet Municipal District have been liaising with the Gardaí on the matter, particularly around school times.
“I know there was a particular concern when the Climb with Charlie event was happening on April 2, but due to the efforts of all concerned this event passed off with great success.
“A tender process commenced a while back to replace the lights and a number of quotations were received, with a preferred bidder now selected. I appreciate the public’s frustration regarding the traffic lights and the Council has sought to bring a satisfactory resolution as quickly as it can. Regarding these lights, a decision was made that it would be better and more effective to get them replaced as opposed to dealing with ongoing technical and fault issues.”
Mr Gilligan went on to say that the council had discussions about the Gardaí manning the junction at busy times, but due to issues for Garda resources, this was not possible.
“I know the Municipal District had reached out and were informed that the Gardaí currently don’t have the necessary resources. But I do want to say that Mayo County Council and the Gardaí have a very good working relationship and on many occasions both parties have worked very successfully to provide traffic management and ease traffic congestion in the town. My understanding is that the new traffic lights will be installed in the next few weeks, which includes the civil works, such as ducting, cabling etc.
“Once again, can I take this opportunity to thank the public for their patience and understanding, particularly around the works associated with the new N5 Westport to Turlough Road Project, which are expected to continue for the remainder of 2022,” added Mr Gilligan.