Radical scheme would see Traffic Corps manning key junctions

City councillors have passed an emergency proposal to fund Garda overtime so four key junctions in the Parkmore and Briarhill area can be manned by the Traffic Corps during peak times.

The three-month pilot scheme will be discussed with Chief Superintendent Tom Curley and Supt Ernie Whyte, Acting Head of the Western Regional Traffic Division.

It would see the Traffic Corps on duty at the Coolagh roundabout (at the end of the motorway), the Briarhill junction, Carnmore Cross and at the Tuam Road/Parkmore junction from 7.30am to 9am and from 4pm to 5.30pm.

Councillor Peter Keane, who put forward the notice of motion, said the city’s traffic problem has passed the point of crisis, and some people are in their cars for up to 90 minutes each evening to travel just a couple of kilometres.

The motion calls on the City Council, in collaboration with Galway County Council and the Transport Infrastructure Ireland to meet the costs of deploying Gardaí from the Traffic Corps to ease congestion.

The motion was signed by every councillor present at Monday’s meeting, apart from the four Fine Gael members (the Mayor, Cllr Pearce Flannery abstained).

“This would be a temporary solution to a huge traffic congestion at Parkmore every work day, morning and evening.

“I can’t understand how 40,000 people can be brought in and out to Ballybrit for the evening meetings with ease and we can’t take 10,000 out of Parkmore every evening without congestion.

“Aggressive manning of these junctions would ease the heartache and suffering of people travelling to and from Parkmore each day,” he said.
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