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Monday, 11th February 2019

We need an Operation Freeflow in mornings - Callan

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Councillor Kevin Callan pictured at a quiet Ballymakenny Road on a Sunday evening, it's a totally different scene in the mornings (see photo below).

Put Gardaí back on point duty at peak times to get traffic moving

Independent Councillor Kevin Callan has said that the chaotic traffic congestion each morning on Ballymakenny Road is impacting on a large part of the North side of Drogheda, from Newfoundwell to the North Road, and it needs to be tackled. He has suggested that an “Operation Freeflow” scheme may be the solution.

Councillor Callan said that he is to formally request Louth County Council, the Gardai and schools in the Ballymakenny area and Sundays Gate to set up a group to work together to address the traffic congestion.

Cllr. Callan told Drogheda Life that residents in the area are being seriously impacted on a daily basis and also those dropping children to school get stuck in traffic which could possibly be managed if a coordinated approach was undertaken.

He suggested that Gardai could possibly go on point duty at peak times at certain junctions to ensure traffic moves efficiently.

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"The area needs traffic management, not more traffic lights” he said, “perhaps Gardai could be put on point duty in the mornings, something similar to the Dublin Airport set down area.”

“If the situation was policed properly traffic would not stop and remain stationery but continue to move.

“We are seeing traffic jams starting out the Ballymakenny Road in the countryside and running to Magdelene Street. We also need to look at traffic flow at the Beechgrove Roundabout and Boyle O'Reilly".

“Drogheda has far too many sets of traffic lights, this is a problem that occurs daily at the same times for a short period of time so we should be able to work out a solution.

"Some residents from Castlemanor, Matson Lodge and Brookville drive out the Ballymakenny Road, over the Cockle Road, down Killineer and through the North Road to avoid the traffic and this creates a further traffic jam that backs up towards Killineer.” 

Cllr Callan is also making contact directly with Drogheda Gardaí on the issue and has acknowledged the solution may not be straightforward but has said that, "we need to try to tackle the issue, if it works we can expand and develop the same approach around the town in particular in mornings during the week".

Cllr Callan has proposed a Notice of Motion for the March meeting of Drogheda Borough Council which reads:

Calling on Louth County Council to liaise with all schools along the Ballymakenny Road, and Drogheda Gardai to explore the current traffic congestion on weekday mornings with a view to preparing a report with proposed solutions to assist including but not limited to policed set down areas at schools and point duty at key junctions including Crosslanes & Beechgrove, Bothar Brugha and Sundays Gate.

Chaotic traffic this morning at the junction of Ballymakenny Road and Yellowbatter.
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