LIMERICK City and County Council have been called to formulate a traffic masterplan for the general Bloodmill Road area.
The call went out this week from Fianna Fáil Deputy Willie O’Dea and Cllr Catherine Slattery, who told the Limerick Post that they have been inundated with correspondence from residents of Old Singland Road and Bloodmill Road.
“They have expressed their dismay and annoyance at the worsening traffic situation in their area,” O’Dea explained.
“They say that car journeys are taking longer and longer and that they have to endure traffic gridlock at certain times of the day on the Old Singland Road and Childers Road, particularly in the vicinity of the Parkway Roundabout.”
The Limerick TD is now urging the local authority to formulate a masterplan for the Old Singland Road/ Bloodmill Road area.
“This needs to be done before any more traffic is added to the area through new housing developments,” he said.
Fianna Fáil councillor for Limerick City East, Catherine Slattery claims that already local residents are enduring horrendous traffic gridlock on their daily commute to school and work.
“In the general Bloodmill Road area there will be a significant increase in traffic volume when all the new houses are occupied and the new secondary school and proposed new private hospital are built. This will be on top of all the existing traffic movements that emanate from current residents and several nearby shopping centres,” she said.
Cllr Slattery believes that with all the planning for these new developments, the Council cannot lose sight of the growing traffic problems in the area.
“That is why I am calling on Limerick City and County Council to put together a comprehensive traffic masterplan for the area. The Council need to do everything they can to alleviate the traffic chaos that local residents are currently enduring.”