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Gardaí and City Council should staff Traffic Control Centre to ease Parkmore gridlock – Ó Clochartaigh

12 May, 2016

Senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh is calling on Galway City Council and the Gardaí to co-operate in manning the Traffic Control Centre in City Hall to try and ease the Parkmore gridlock.

Speaking today the Sinn Féin Senator says:

‘The traffic gridlock in Parkmore is totally unacceptable. I am calling on the Chief Superintendent and the City Manager to agree to operate the Traffic Management Control Centre in City Hall at peak times so that they can try and alleviate some of the pressure on commuters.

‘I have discussed this with our Sinn Féin City Councillors Cathal Ó Conchúir, Mairéad Farrell and Anna Marley, who inform me that this has been done in the past, for events like the Galway Races.

‘The Traffic Control Centre was put in place to allow the synchronisation and manipulation of the traffic lights system across the city to ease traffic blockages. I think this centre should have the relevant personnel made available to operate it on a full time basis, but in the meantime at least temporary arrangements should be looked at between City Council and the Gardaí to try and ease the Parkmore gridlock which is crippling peak time traffic and seriously affecting commuters.

‘I have written to the City Manager and the Chief Superintendent asking them to look at this option as soon as possible.’

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