Opposition to proposed traffic flow changes in Limerick City 

Some of the local people protesting against the proposed traffic flow changes in Farranshore and Belfield.

RESIDENTS of Bellfield and Farranshone are deeply concerned about a proposed trial by Limerick City and County Council to change the traffic flows in the area.

Fianna Fáil TD Willie O’Dea told the Limerick Post this week that he has been contacted by dozens of residents of who are unhappy about the plans.

It is proposed that motorised cut-through traffic will be eliminated on Bellfield Gardens so that drivers will no longer be able to use this route as a short-cut from High Road to Ennis Road.

“I have been inundated by residents of Bellfield and Farranshone who are very angry at the proposal by Limerick City and County Council to change the traffic flows in their areas. In essence, this will result in long detours for residents of these areas,” Deputy O’Dea claimed.

“People don’t want a trial of the proposed new traffic plan. I found this out when I recently called door to door in the area.

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“The broad feeling is that having a trial will disrupt people for a number of weeks and will involve the spending of scarce money unnecessarily, as it is obvious to me that over 90 per cent of people in the area are against this proposal.

“The idea of a trial is for the Council to determine the impacts of the measures on traffic movements and to establish if there is support for the measures from local residents and stakeholders. I think they have their answer. The vast majority of residents want nothing to do with this proposal.”

A two-week non-statutory public consultation commenced on October 10 and runs until Monday, October 24 to gather feedback on these proposals via Limerick City and County Council’s MyPoint Consultation Hub at https://mypoint.limerick.ie.

There was no response from Limerick City and County Council on the matter at the time of going to print.

Local residents and public representatives protesting over the proposed changes to traffic flow in Farranshore and Belfield.