Loughboy scheme to halt cycle lane parking

A NEW traffic management scheme has been proposed for the Bohernatounish Road in Loughboy, to address the issue of motorists parking their vehicles in cycle lanes.

A NEW traffic management scheme has been proposed for the Bohernatounish Road in Loughboy, to address the issue of motorists parking their vehicles in cycle lanes.

The road has become a source of increasing frustration for the local authority, as road-users opt to park in the cycle lanes rather than use the shopping centre carpark at peak times. As well as disrupting the local flow of traffic, the illegally parked cars represent a safety hazard for cyclists, and restrict visibility for motorists exiting the designated carpark.

Earlier this year, a traffic safety team working with the gardai instigated a two-week public awareness campaign to advise road-users on the illegality of parking in or obstructing cycle lanes. The campaign enjoyed initial success, aided by increased garda enforcement at a number of key areas.

However, the long-term continuation of patrolling the route was not sustainable, and since the campaign’s end, road-users have reverted to flouting the law.

At This month’s meeting for the Kilkenny Electoral Area, councillors approved a new proposal to address the issues with the route. The new scheme is intended to combat the illegal parking along the Bohernatounish Road, which is disturbing traffic flow, as well as improve access to the Loughboy Shopping Centre.

The proposal entails the closure of the existing entrance to the Loughboy Shopping Centre, with a new roundabout to be constructed to service the shopping centre. There will also be separate access to St Fiacre’s Church from the proposed link road, while footpaths and cycle tracks will be realigned along the northern side of the road.

The works are also to make the route safer and more user-friendly for cyclists and pedestrians. To date, works have been completed on both east and west ends of the road, consisting of footpath improvements, installation of cycle tracks, and signalised crossing-points. The progress of the project is dependant on funding approval.