Longford town's traffic congestion woes are getting worse, meeting hears

Liam Cosgrove

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Battery Road

Councillors want traffic build up concerns along the main Battery Road in Longford town addressed

Local authority officials are to carry out a survey along from the Battery Road to the Red Cow roundabout in Longford town amid concerns over worsening traffic congestion problems.

The move comes in the wake of a meeting of Longford Municipal District yesterday evening where several local politicians registered their frustration over the issue.

Cllr Peggy Nolan said the situation, particularly around the mini roundabout entering the Demesne was so bad, motorists were being faced with a "Russian roulette" situation on an almost daily basis.

As such, the Fine Gael councillor led calls for the introduction of a traffic lights in a bid to alleviate the problem.

"It's an accident waiting to happen," she added, prior to calling for an engineer's report to be circulated.

Cathaoirleach, Cllr Mae Sexton said while she agreed with Cllr Nolan's request "in principle", the time had come for a full traffic survey to be carried out on the road.

"I raised this at a previous Council meeting because it's very clear that there is a back-up of traffic on the Battery Road.

"I don't know where it has come from, but it has definitely got worse over the past six months," she said.

Cllr Seamus Butler said he, too, harboured concerns and said there was an evident need for council staff to take in traffic flow from the Red Cow roundabout to the tip of Church Street.

For more on this story, and other talking points from last night's Longford Municipal District meeting, see next week's Longford Leader.

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