Tipperary council to vote on Monday on new town traffic plan

Tipperary Town Council will vote on a controversial new traffic plan for the town on Monday night.

Tipperary Town Council will vote on a controversial new traffic plan for the town on Monday night.

There are three parts to the proposal with the one-way system through the town already dropped after strong public opposition.

The other proposals are a link road between the N24 Limerick Road to the Emly road from the present Dunne’s Stores roundabout, to a roundabout on the Emly road beside Canon Hayes Park and a roundabout at the top creamery, O’Brien street.

These plans, with an allocated fund of €530,000 have created a strong reaction from the public and the residents of Canon Hayes park who have raised concerns about safety and noise pollution.

Over 100 submissions from the public have been sent into the council for consideration before the vote next Monday.

If this first phase is voted in by Councillors next Monday, the second proposed part of the traffic plan with a funding of a further €5.4 million will be put forward to create a new road that will direct traffic from the roundabout at the top creamery to the river and out by the Royal Hotel.

Cllr. Brian Rafferty says there is still a significant issue with the proposed roundabout at the top of O’Brien Steet and he says he will be voting against the plan.

“While there is a major need to reroute HGVs, the council proposal is inadequate as they expect HGVs to eventually negotiate four roundabouts, which they will not do, to bypass

Canon Hayes resident Ray Lonergan said the proposal is not a solution to N24 traffic through Tipperary.

“The coalman is still coming through the house. The safety and quality of life of the people living in Canon Hayes Park, O’Connell Road, O’Brien Street, Galbally Road, Scallagheen, Station Road areas is being compromised.