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Sinnottstown Lane problem requires major investment 02/08/17

| August 2, 2017

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A major capital investment will be required to sort out growing traffic problems at Sinnottstown Lane which emerges onto the Rosslare Road just yards from the round-about on the Ring Road.

The Lane has seen huge developments in recent years with various commercial developments as well as new leisure and retail units.

The combination of all these has resulted in a chaotic and dangerous situation at the junction with visitors and local residents facing a potentially very dangerous situation every time they try to emerge from the junction onto the Rosslare Road.

Cllr. Frank Staples said the problem of the junction had been raised on several occasions and the works which had been carried out at the junction had not really dealt with the problem.

Matters would become even more difficult during the grain season where there would be a large volume of deliveries to the Cooney and Furlong plant.

He suggested a possible solution might be to have no right turn at the junction with all traffic turning left with a new roundabout built at the Coca Cola entrance for use by traffic headed in the direction of Rosslare.

Cllr. Lisa McDonald said there was a real problem in the area and a solution needed to be found. She said that apart from the commercial interests raised by Cllr. Staples there were residents in this area who have been badly affected.

‘Something has to be done’, she added saying that given the economic importance of the area and the number of people using the junction she believed considerable investment was justified.

Director of Services Tony Larkin agreed that it as a major issue and he said there was no solution to it that was not expensive.

He confirmed that various proposals would be examined to provide a comprehensive solution to the problem but hinted that it could take some time before works on the scale required could be undertaken.

Mayor Jim Moore said it had been suggested before that given the closeness of the junction to the roundabout on the N25 and the impact it had on this route Transport Infrastructure Ireland should be asked to contribute financially to the solution.

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