Thursday 13 December 2018

Satisfaction if you take bus, say gardai

ALMOST 500 gardai will be on patrol at tomorrow's sold-out Rolling Stones gig at Slane Castle and alcohol will not be allowed through their cordons.

Gardai yesterday announced further details of their traffic management plan for the event and warned it will be strictly enforced.

Concert-goers have been urged to leave their cars at home and use public transport instead.

However, carparks will be in place at four locations - on the N51 at the Navan Road and Drogheda Road, the R163 on the Kells Road and on the N2 south of Slane village. All carparks, which will be operated by concert promoters MCD, will be subject to weather conditions and spaces are limited.

Organisers are hoping tomorrow's event won't be a repeat of last month's Barbra Streisand fiasco where fans had to queue for hours to leave the carparks. Motorists are being warned to expect delays.

Only buses will be allowed to park on the side of the road north and south of Slane village or on the Navan Road. Any cars parked illegally will be towed away.

Those driving to the gig via the M1 should leave the motorway at the Drogheda North/Slane exit while private buses should use the Collon exit and travel through Collon to Slane on the N2.

For those travelling from the Kells direction, car owners should divert to the R163 via Kilberry to the carparks while buses should divert via Navan/N51 where special parking will be provided. No buses will be allowed on the R163.

Roadside parking for buses will be provided on the N51, at the Navan side of Slane village, and on the N2, both north and south of the village.

Bus passengers approaching from the south via the N2 will disembark at Fennor which is close to the venue entrance on the Dublin Road. Those approaching from the north on the N2 will disembark on the Collon Road, just north of Slane village.

Meanwhile bus passengers travelling to Slane from Navan on the N51 will disembark on the Navan Road.

No buses will be allowed to travel towards Slane from the Drogheda direction.

Local residents have been issued with special passes to allow them to move around the area for the duration of the concert. Traffic diversions will be in place for other road users other than locals residents from 8am tomorrow until 2am on Sunday.

A garda spokesperson said that some 460 members will be policing the concert. He added that the traffic management plan is designed to minimise disruption for those not attending the event.

BREDA HEFFERNAN

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