Council addresses issue of traffic congestion in Callan

AN upgraded bus bay and the possibility of a two-hour parking limit in Callan have been discussed as measures to help clear congestion on the town’s main street.

AN upgraded bus bay and the possibility of a two-hour parking limit in Callan have been discussed as measures to help clear congestion on the town’s main street.

Speaking at a Callan electoral area meeting of Kilkenny County Council, Cllr Pat Crowley (FG) noted that cars are continuously parked on the existing bus bay. “One car in particular is there every day, I think he should be clamped,” he said.

And with the twice-a-day occurrence of buses arriving from opposite directions at the same time, if cars are parked in the bus bay, traffic is blocked in both directions because both buses are stopped in the road.

“It is marked properly but people are blatantly parking in the bus bay day in day out,” agreed Cllr Tom Maher (FG). He proposed that the council write to the Garda sergeant to highlight the problem.

Cllr Matt Doran (FF) noted the wider issue of people who work in the town leaving their cars parked on Green Street all day, leaving a dearth of spaces for those coming in to shop or do business.

He referred to “one business in the centre of town and every morning he has to track down the owner of one car and ask him to move it” in order to make his deliveries. “It’s the same up and down Green Street. The same individuals are parking all day and blocking the town,” Cllr Doran said.

Senior engineer Simon Walton pointed out that the existing bus bay “is as provided in the bye-laws so it is a legally provided bus stop location”.

He noted that the council is making an application to the National Transport Authority to upgrade some of the bus stops in the county, and suggested that e7,000 or e8,000 could be sought to provide kerbing and road markings at a second bus stop in Callan to cater for passengers travelling the other direction.

It would only help, of course, if people refrained from parking their cars in the bus bays, members pointed out.

Cllr Doran said that, with the potential of another supermaket coming into the town, which would hopefully bring more people into the town, “as it stands at present, if people come in they will not come back.”

“We will have to include some kind of two-hour parking,” he suggested.

Noting that Supervalu has offered free spaces to anybody working in the town, Cllr Maher said: “We don’t have to wait any longer. I would hope from this meeting that the gardaí would take action.”