Plans brewing to tackle traffic congestion in Castletroy, Annacotty, and Lisnagry areas

Fianna Fáil councillor Joe Pond

THE local authority has been urged to put in place measures to address traffic congestion issues in the Castletroy, Annacotty, and Lisnagry areas.

Fianna Fáil councillor Joe Pond, who made the call at this month’s Metropolitan District meeting, believes such a move will help improve traffic flow in the area.

Hugh McGrath of the council’s Transportation and Mobility Directorate said that it is actively developing a number of initiatives in Limerick City East to address improved transportation planning and reduce congestion.

Mr McGrath said that “road use on main routes in and out of the city will be assessed in the Limerick City Transport Plan to identify improved measures to reduce congestion”, which is to be progressed this year.

He said that the council is making plans for Junction 28 Mackey (Lisnagry) that will specifically address congestion as well as facilitating a Park and Ride and mobility hub.

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“We are engaging with employers and institutions to facilitate their targeted modal changes to reduce congestion at organisational level and geographic around key clusters in the locations mentioned.

”We expect complete construction of the Dublin Road Cappamore Junction improvements, as well as completing the outstanding section of the new Bloodmill Road, by year end.”

Mr McGrath also told councillors that under the final new Bus Connects Network redesign there will be a 70 per cent improvement in city bus services, especially in City East, with increased services to Annacotty and Castletroy, including a Park and Ride near the Mackey Roundabout.