Saturday, September 26, 2020

The O’Rahilly Street and Pearse Street areas of Ballina.

Mayo County Council will pursue a number of traffic system changes in Ballina in a bid to address congestion in the town.

Modern-day traffic levels are a far cry from when the Royal Mail Car used to travel from Ballina to Belmullet back in the 1900s, and new trials will attempt to improve traffic flow around the town. Picture: Leonard Collection

Municipal district councillors approved the trial changes last week when they met on the condition that local residents be fully consulted along the way.

While by-pass options are being pursued as medium and long-term solutions to the town’s ongoing traffic flow issues, the council will implement three changes in the coming months in a bid to improve flow in the short term.

Ballina Municipal District manager, Declan Turnbull, explained that the changes include the extension of double yellow lines on Bury Street to facilitate the extension of a third lane of traffic at the junction known as The Font; the extension of double yellow lines between the former Station House Hotel and existing medical centre on Kevin Barry St and the restoration of a two-way traffic system on Morrison Terrace.

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