Limerick County Council eases traffic fears after ‘chaos’

Gerard Fitzgibbon

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Gerard Fitzgibbon

LIMERICK County Council has insisted that road works which brought Newcastle West to a standstill last week will not disrupt traffic in and out of the town over the busy Christmas period.

LIMERICK County Council has insisted that road works which brought Newcastle West to a standstill last week will not disrupt traffic in and out of the town over the busy Christmas period.

Irate motorists made several complaints to local gardai last Thursday as simultaneous road works took place on the main road on both sides of the town, as well as in the square - which was closed off to vehicles - and outside the church.

There were complaints of “pandemonium” as roads were closed and complicated diversions put in place through the town centre.

However, the local county council office has moved to ease fears of further traffic problems, stating that it chose to carry out as much “heavy work” as possible in one go, so as to ease disruption in the coming weeks.

“The last of the heavy work being done before Christmas will be finished on Friday”, said Jimmy Condon, senior engineer at the local county council office.

“The contractor working on the roundabout on the N21 is finished the serious work now until January. The roads will be kept open and clear from now on”.