17 August 2015
Listowel Bypass Nothing More Than Passing the Problem
****Listowel Bypass Nothing More Than Passing the Problem****
The purpose of a bypass is to reroute traffic around a town or city; to direct it away from the central routes in order to overcome congestion caused by through-traffic combining with traffic that needs to access the centre.
However, the routing of a bypass through an alternative built up area of a town or city resulting in that same through-traffic combining with the traffic of the alternative area simply relocates the congestion rather than overcoming it.
The Listowel bypass, whilst a welcome proposal in principle, will do nothing to alleviate the traffic concerns of locals. The proposed route will see it pass through a well populated residential area of the town taking in the John B Keane road and thus significantly increasing the traffic levels in that area. Access to and exit from the many estates and local services such as Lidl and Aldi will become increasingly difficult. School children will be faced with the escalating traffic levels and with it the increased risk of accidents. Traffic flow at peak times is likely to become problematic, impacting on locals getting to and from work or on the school run.
The planning approval for this bypass was secured back in 2012 but funding issues delayed the work commencing. Recent enquiries have highlighted that local residents were not fully aware of the bypass plans or its implications. There was no public consultation forum held with residents of the affected area at the time. We must now demand this. We must be given a voice. This affects our town, our homes, our services, our children and our future.
Further details of a public meeting to follow.