New traffic plan in operation

THE alternative traffic management plan for motorists driving around the Market Square is likely to be in operation until at least the end of July.

THE alternative traffic management plan for motorists driving around the Market Square is likely to be in operation until at least the end of July.

The much anticipated remodelling of the Market Square in Dundalk began last week.

Over the next number of days certain areas of the Market Square will be cordoned off, however, the Market Square car park will remain open during this period,” according to the Town Centre Commercial Manager’s (TCCM) Office.

Town Centre Commercial Manager (TCCM) Andrew Mawhinney is one of five local trader representatives to have been nominated to discuss issues raised by the plan with contractor John Craddock.

The other representatives include David McGee, John McGuill, Colm Morgan, and Hugh McEvoy.

Craddock has made assurances that all businesses around the Market Square will be able to trade as normal.

Craddock also promised that traffic flow around the square will not be unduly affected over the duration of the work.

The new plan for the Square, designed by world renowned architect Nicholas de Jong & Associates, is due to be completed by Autumn or possibly, the end of the year.

“Clear lines of communication were agreed and any issues arising during the course of the contract will be immediately addressed by the project team and sufficient notice given of any unforeseen developments,” according to TCCM.

Mr Mawhinney said that he is helping to support the process, and is looking forward to the completion of the work.

“The facelift being given to the Square will give a heart to Dundalk and it will act as a catalyst for town centre activity stimulating all types of activity from markets to different types of entertainment,” he said.

“The bottom line is that it will attract much needed footfall into the town and that the Market Square will become an attraction in its own right.

“Dundalk needs to reinforce its status as the regional capital for North East, the redevelopment of the Market Square will go a long way towards achieving this.

“It is equally important that there is a minimum disruption to business during the contract and that it is completed on time and I believe that Dundalk Town Council have addressed these issues in a very professional manner.”

The project will create 22 jobs, which will see an investment of e1.8 million.