New lane markings have been introduced at a number of roundabouts in Clonmel, by South Tipperary County Council in conjunction with Clonmel Borough Council, in the interests of safety and to help the flow of traffic move more smoothly during busy periods. The busy Fethard Road Roundabout is one such location where these new road markings are in place on the approach road from Clonmel towards the roundabout, to alleviate the traffic congestion that builds up during peak times.
The left lane is now dedicated to left turning traffic only and the right lane is to be used by traffic either travelling straight through the roundabout or turning right towards Waterford. Road signage has been installed on the approach to the roundabout to give advance warning.
These changes have been welcomed by local councillor Richie Molloy who explained that the change has been made because of the frequent congestion on the bypass, between the Fethard Road and Cashel Road Roundabouts which makes it very difficult for people coming form Clonmel to travel straight onto the Fethard Road.
“Traffic approaching the Fethard Road Roundabout from Clonmel often can’t turn left towards the Cashel Road Roundabout due to queuing traffic. Prior to recent changes, this held up traffic travelling straight through the roundabout towards Fethard. This unnecessary delay has lead to frustration which in turn can result in unsafe driving manoeuvres,” said Cllr Molloy.
Further to concerns raised by An Garda Siochana and having observed the situation, South Tipperary County Council have changed the lane markings here as well as on approach roads to the Moangarriff, Kilheffernan and Cahir Road roundabouts.
As the Roads Authority, the Council is permitted to direct traffic at specific locations through the use of signage and road markings. Lane position is not marked on many roundabouts. However, it is normal practice in cities and large towns to do so where local traffic management is required. This complies with the official rules of the road which tells drivers which lane to be in ‘unless road signs or road markings indicate otherwise’.
South Tipperary County Council and Clonmel Borough Council apologise for any inconvenience caused while traffic adjusts to the new road layout.