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Castlebar’s traffic ’nightmare’

Castlebar’s traffic ‘nightmare’

Michael Duffy and Claire Egan

THE TRAFFIC jams which have accompanied the growth of shopping in Castlebar have led to anger among shoppers who complained last week of a traffic ‘nightmare’ in the town.
A host of shoppers interviewed by The Mayo News last week were angry with the long tailbacks in the newly developed Hopkins’ Road area and called on Mayo County Council and Castlebar Town Council to try to rectify the problems as soon as possible.
Castlebar man, Mr Noel Byrne summed up the problem which appears to centre on the main car parks in the area.
“It is an absolute nightmare” he said. “The entrance and exit of the two main supermarkets are right beside one another. It defies logic,” he said.
Other members of the public also complained about the poor state of the roads in the town. “It is a nightmare to drive on,” said Emma Casey also from Castlebar.
The town’s Deputy Mayor, Cllr Eugene McCormack, said the councillors were well aware of the public concern with regard to traffic problems in the town.
“It is a concern but to a certain extent, the increased traffic is reflective of a prospering town and the short term solutions are hard to find,” said Cllr McCormack.
“The council have just finished a fine job on the Barrack Bridge road and we know there is a need to push for other road projects to take place sooner rather than later to alleviate problems,” added the Deputy Mayor.
More pressure was put on the area last week following the opening of Shaws Department Store which includes a new car park.