Chapel Street could become one-way soon

DUNDALK Town Council are set to carry out a feasibility study to look into the prospect of making part of Chapel Street one-way.

DUNDALK Town Council are set to carry out a feasibility study to look into the prospect of making part of Chapel Street one-way.

It follows a motion from town council chairman Cllr Conor Keelan at last Tuesday’s meeting to make part of the street one way from the Remnant Basket to Yorke Street and St Mary’s Road.

Cllr Keelan, who included a signed petition of support for the idea from local residents, said that people in that area were “very concerned” by the levels of traffic in the area and added that it was “about time” that the idea for a one way system was considered, pointing out that it had been something that residents had campaigned for for some time.

He noted that Sgt John O’Flaherty of the Garda Traffic Division had also given his backing to the idea.

Cllr Jim Ryan supported the motion, saying there “never has been room for two lanes of traffic in that area once cars are parked at one side of the road.”

He added that the situation was at times “ludicrous” with oncoming motorists regularly having to wait until traffic passed to be able to proceed themselves.

Town Clerk Frank Pentony said the council would investigate the matter but added it had to tie in with their Smarter Travel plans as well.

In a second part to the same motion, Cllr Keelan also secured a feasibility study to be carried out on the possibility of installing a pedestrian walkway at the junction of Brennan’s shop, Chapel Street and Market Street.

Again including a signed petition of support for the proposal from residents, Cllr Keelan said that he felt this was also necessary to allow pedestrians negotiate the busy area in a safe manner.

Supporting him on this matter was Green Party councillor Ollan Herr, who said: “I too was canvassed on this and there is a lot of concern amongst the elderly in that area about people trying to cross the road.”

A report on both matters will be finalised in the coming weeks.