Plans are being put in place to move one of the bus set-down areas in Callan to make it safer and help clear traffic congestion on Green Street.
Members agreed on the proposal to relocate the bus stop further up Green Street, at a meeting of Kilkenny County Council’s Callan electoral area.
The plan is to move the bus stop up the road to where the kerb is already extended out, so that passengers can get on and off the bus more easily without having to walk between cars. Seating is already in place at that location, members noted, and Cllr Matt Doran (FF) said the proposed location would also have the benefit of being away from the residential units and close to the public toilets, which are due to open soon.
The other options involved putting in a bus bay at the present location, which would mean a loss of seven car parking spaces, or for the kerb in the existing location to be extended out into the road, with a loss of two parking spaces – but neither of these met with approval.
Cllr Pat Crowley (FG) suggested that all buses could come from the same direction to use the existing bus stop, because they all travel in from the Callan bypass. “We have a perfectly good stop on the one side. Is it possible to use it?” he asked.
On the matter of whether it might take a bus an extra minute or two, he said: “It’s not a run to the Himalayas and back. They are just going to the ring road.”
In the meantime, Cllr Tom Maher (FG) is asking gardaí to crack down on cars parking in the current bus bay, which blocks traffic in the town as buses are forced to stop in the middle of the road instead of being able to pull aside.
“The bus bay in Callan is being blocked by vans and cars, and most times when a bus arrives the bus bay is occupied,” he said at a meeting of Kilkenny County Council’s joint policing committee. He asked the gardaí to put greater emphasis on keeping the bus bay clear to allow traffic to flow through the town.