Traffic chaos at the Square back in 1937

August 7, 1937

August 7, 1937

There is some useful information in a letter elsewhere in this issue about street traffic regulation, with special reference to what is being done, and what should be done, at the Market Square crossing.

This advice is directed to all sorts and conditions of wayfarers, from motorists to men driving farm carts; and it may interest those careless pedestrians whom the Americans have expressively dubbed “Jay Walkers.”

The guard on point duty there is the most patient of men.

We have not yet seen him yank a reckless young cyclist off his machine in order to more thoroughly instruct him (or her) on the rule of the road.

But we are hoping to have that pleasure - for surely, some day, he will reach the end of his patience.

There is not, however, that, heavy traffic via the new road which some people anticipated before it was opened.

It is not desirable that there should be.

It is not a short-cut (except to and from the Demesne), and unless traffic be expressly directed into it (as it done, for instance, at the entry to Warrenpoint) it is not likely that the fast through traffic whihc would make the corner dangerous will take that route.

There is some talk of making the new road a Bus stand, instead of the Markeet Square roadway.

We are not sure that would be any improvement; and people whi have built up a business with bus passengers in that neighbourhood would hardly approve it.

Have you also noticed that the asphalt, of which we were so proud when it was laid down in our main street a few years ago, is wearing thin in places?