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Sunday, December 31, 2006

The road to Gridlock - Limerick

Today’s Sunday Business Post is running an article entitled “The road to gridlock” in which they ask three drivers, from Dublin , Galway and Limerick to give an account of what traffic congestion they encounter in their areas on their daily commute.

Here’s what Alona Troy, a community worker in Limerick says,

‘‘I live in Castletroy, so getting to Shannon involved two problems. The first was the traffic heading out to the university, and the second was the Parkway roundabout [near the Dublin road]. Even when you get through those and down Clare Street over the Jim Kemmy Bridge, and out towards LIT [Limerick Institute of Technology], the traffic was still heavy.‘‘Once I was on the dual carriageway to Shannon, it was okay, and took about an hour altogether. But in the evening, the journey was usually at least an hour and a half.

The problem in Limerick is that they keep adding shopping centres and retail parks on main thoroughfares and relief roads, such as the ones on the Childers Road and Ennis Road, and they add traffic lights for people who want to turn into these.‘‘The Jetland Centre in Caherdavin causes a back-up onto the dual carriageway into the city in the evenings, with people turning into it. What is the need for seven major Dunnes outlets in the city and suburbs?

It is crazy. Now that I’m working on Dominic Street, it takes less time to get to work, but the city is still choked with traffic.”
That’s it, no more to the story.

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