HEAVY traffic and rain often go hand-in-hand at the National Ploughing Championships, and this year is proving no exception so far, with slow-moving traffic currently reported on all approach roads to the event in New Ross.
Gardai have advised traffic travelling south on the M9 to take the Carlow and Kilkenny exits, due to congestion at Waterford and south Kilkenny. AA Roadwatch is reporting very slow movement of traffic on Junction 8 of the M9, and is recommending using the R700 Kilkenny/Bennettsbridge Road into New Ross as an alternative.
Meanwhile, the Road Safety Authority (RSA) is reminding road-users heading to the Ploughing Championships to leave plenty of time to get to the event, to take plenty of breaks to avoid driver fatigue, wear seatbelts front and back and to drive at an appropriate speed. For those who may be travelling by bus, particularly students and youth groups, the RSA is asking teachers and tour leaders to ensure seatbelts are worn at all times.
“With thousands of people due to attend this week’s Ploughing Championships in New Ross, it is vitally important that everyone stays safe on the roads, particularly as you get closer to Wexford where traffic will be very heavy,” said Noel Brett, chief executive of the RSA.
“Leave yourself plenty of time to get there and practise safe driving behaviour at all times.”