Traffic, parking chaos looms at new Wexford Courthouse 30/09/17 : the chronicle.ie

Traffic, parking chaos looms at new Wexford Courthouse 30/09/17

| September 30, 2017

A lack of parking and traffic planning in parts of Wexford town could lead to chaos when various new developments come on stream over the coming months.

The new Loreto Secondary School is due to open at Killeen’s before the end of the year with the new Courthouse at Belvedere Road also nearing completion.

But members of the local Borough District Council are concerned that no plans have been put in place in advance to deal with potential parking and traffic problems which the new developments will cause.

In the area of the new Courthouse there is already evidence that there will be serious parking congestion with construction workers forced to park on green spaces and footpaths due to the lack of parking in the area.

Now Council Lisa McDonald has warned of the potential problems ahead saying that up to 250 cars are parked around the current Ardcavan court facility on court days.

She said the new courthouse would not be able to take this number and she predicted that the increased traffic had the potential to cause serious problems in the area. She said the issue needed to be tackled head on and the Council needed a traffic plan.

She also agreed with Cllr. George Lawlor and Cllr. Frank Staples on the need to plan for the increased traffic which would be generated at Killeen’s by the new Loreto.

Cllr. Lawlor said the question of providing a pedestrian crossing at Killeen’s should be examined before the school opens given the numbers who would be crossing an already very busy road.

Cllr. Staples said there were concerns about traffic already backing up from the Whitford Roundabout and the difficulties which people had accessing the hotel.

He suggested that some realignment of the road and the creation of a turn off lane be examined but engineer Sean Kavanagh said there was no plan to do anything in the area.

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