Strong public reaction to new Tipperary Town traffic plans

Families living in Canon Hayes Park, Tipperary Town out in protest against the proposed link road and roundabouts behind and beside their housing estate.Front: Rita Flynn, Mary & Paddy Foley, Angela LoneganMiddle: Lorraine Maher, Olivia Dunne, Adele & Jamie QuinnBack: Stella Lonegan, Anthony Dunne, Emma Lonegan, Pierse Foley and Brendan Lonegan
Since the council’s proposal of a three-part traffic management plan in Tipperary Town went public, there has been a very strong public reaction against the plans.

Since the council’s proposal of a three-part traffic management plan in Tipperary Town went public, there has been a very strong public reaction against the plans.

103 submissions were made to the town manager that were considered in a special workshop of Councilors and town management on Tuesday, August 6 with a meeting planned on Monday August 12 to either accept, reject or amend the proposal. (At time of going to press)

The contentious one-way system that would direct all the heavy traffic from Cashel and Clonmel up Bridge Street has been revised. Glessons Concrete and the Irish Road Haulage Association were very concerned about large trucks going up hill and the dangers it would cause and Whelan’s Funeral Directors were opposed to the one-way with its effect on the redirection of funeral processions from the funeral home to St. Michael’s Church.

Residents of Canon Hayes Park are opposed to the proposed link road from the Limerick to Emly road using the Dunnes Stores roundabout and two roundabouts at the top of O’Brien Street.

Paddy and Mary Foley have lived in Canon Hayes for 44 years. “I think it’s a ridiculous idea that will cause increased traffic and noise pollution and the traffic will be cutting through quiet roads for short cuts,” said Paddy.

AFRAID OF MY LIFE

Hannah McGrath, resident for over 40 years, “I’m afraid of my life crossing the roads, but I don’t’ think this is the solution. A proper by-pass is the answer.”

Ray Lonergan who was brought up in Canon Hayes spoke on behalf of the many residents in opposition. “The current proposal is not safe for the people who live here, passing pedestrians, or drivers. Roundabouts are concerned too much with traffic flow and are a nightmare for pedestrians. Main traffic routes have to be kept away from long established residential areas. Let’s claim our town back and concentrate on making it beautiful and safe for young and old.”

John Donovan (Donovan’s pub) says, “Over 6000 extra cars will be re-directed onto roads that were never built for that amount of traffic - this is of no benefit to anyone. The roundabout proposal will mean there will be no parking spaces and parking is vital for the four businesses in that area. The purpose of any road by-pass is to direct heavy traffic around the town however, this by-pass is just directing the traffic back into and around the town so it makes no sense.”

Mary Quinn whose house looks out directly onto the blossom field behind Canon Hayes Park has many concerns. “The noise pollution would be terrible and the increased traffic would cause safety issues especially for the children and the elderly people who may become isolated in their houses afraid to go out.”

The money available for the Link road project is very small, approximately €530K, which the residents feel is a very small amount in the big scheme of things.

Residents of Canon Hayes are hopeful that opposition to the link road and roundabouts behind and beside their homes will result in the the proposal being dropped.