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Saturday 30 August 2014

Heavy trucks flouting weight restrictions at Crosslanes

Hubert Murphy

Published 09/04/2014 | 05:28

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The council has reiterated that there is no ‘suitable alternative route’ to Patrick Street for HGV traffic servicing the port/town centre.

IT'S BEEN claimed that heavy trucks are ignoring weight restrictions at Crosslanes, amidst confirmation from the council that they won't be banning the HGVs from using the ancient byway at Patrick Street.

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IT'S BEEN claimed that heavy trucks are ignoring weight restrictions at Crosslanes, amidst confirmation from the council that they won't be banning the HGVs from using the ancient byway at Patrick Street.

In a report to the borough council last Monday, town clerk Joan Martin said that a traffic survey carried out in March had reaffirmed their views in relation to traffic loads in the area.

'At the request of the members it was agreed to examine further the proposal to ban Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs) from Patrick Street. As part of this process a traffic survey of HGVs was carried out by the Council's engineering staff,' she said.

On March 3 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., a survey was carred out on Patrick Street with checks in Crosslanes, Bothar Brugha and North Stand.

One-hundred-and sixty-seven HGVs used Patrick Street, 341 on North Strand, 98 on Bothar Brugha and a staggering 309 on Crosslanes.

'It is noted that many HGVs continue to use Crosslanes notwithstanding the existing HGV ban that is in place,' she added.

The percentages of buses for each location are as follows: Patrick Street, 41 per cent; Crosslanes, ten per cent; North Strand, eight per cent; Bothar Brugha, 52 per cent.

'The residents of Patrick Street have requested that HGV traffic is banned from using Patrick Street. if such a ban were introduced, it is likely that HGV traffic from the R132 north of Drogheda would re-route via Cockle Road, Carstown Road, Blackstaff, Newtownstalaban to R167 Baltray Road. These roads are narrow and winding with frequent bends. HGV traffic existing in the M01 at Mell interchange is likely to travel south on the R132 to St. Mary's Bridge, North Strand to R167 Baltray Road, an already congested urban road network.

'HGV traffic servicing business in the town centre and environs which currently use Patrick Street would have to find alternative routes through the town centre i.e. Narrow West Street, West Street and/or residential areas i.e. Bothar Brugha, requiring difficult turning manoeuvres particularly at Narrow West Street and The Thostel Junction, which would increase hazards for pedestrians in the town centre areas and also at schools at Bothar Brugha,' the town clerk claimed.

She added they had contacted the gardaí and they 'would not be in favour of introducing a weight restriction on Patrick Street.'

'Currently there is no suitable alternative route for HGV traffic servicing the Port and/or town centre and businesses accessed by this route,' she continued.

The council said a suitable alternative route for Port traffic will be available with the introduction of the Northern Cross Route.

Cllr Paul Bell said he was 'astonished' at the number of HGV movements identified on Crosslanes.

'It totalled 309 in one day which in itself is remarkable in light of the fact that this specific area has an existing weight restriction and HGV ban in place which is obviously not being enforced.'

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