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Changes to sequencing of traffic lights causing chaos in Drogheda

New light sequence creating Drogheda traffic chaos

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A recent change to the traffic light sequences in parts of Drogheda town centre has exacerbated peak time gridlock.

A recent change to the traffic light sequences in parts of Drogheda town centre has exacerbated peak time gridlock.

A recent change to the traffic light sequences in parts of Drogheda town centre has exacerbated peak time gridlock.

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Sinn Féin TD for Louth and East Meath, Imelda Munster, has called on Louth County Council to urgently address the traffic light sequencing in parts of Drogheda that are causing daily gridlock for road users.

Deputy Munster specifically mentioned St Mary’s Bridge, and the bridge at the dual carriageway at the junction of Trinity St and George’s St.

“There have been recent changes to the sequencing of traffic lights at certain junctions in Drogheda that are causing traffic chaos.

“It’s not a matter of traffic volume, it’s traffic management, and it needs to be sorted as a matter of urgency. Where before we would have congestion at rush hour and in the evenings, now it’s constant.” says Deputy Munster.

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The change to the sequencing of traffic lights at the dual carriageway at the junction of Trinity St and George’s St means that when the lights turn green, only three or four vehicles can move through at the bridge before the lights turn red at George’s St Lower.

“This results in traffic jams right across the dual carriageway which has a knock-on effect on the Donore Road and the Rathmullen Road including at weekends,” she adds.

“There is a similar issue with sequencing of traffic lights at St Mary’s Bridge which has created a significant bottleneck in our road network, and has left the Dublin Road resembling a car park from early afternoon until late evening”.

The lights on the north side of the bridge are red when the lights on the south side of the bridge are green. Traffic from the South Quay and John Street fill the bridge before right-turning cars trying to cross the bridge from James’ St attempt to cross. This creates tailbacks the length of the Dublin Road.

“My office has been inundated with complaints from frustrated motorists – including parents on the school run, delivery drivers, taxi drivers, bus drivers, postal workers and others in the business community,” says Deputy Munster.

“The council needs to prioritise the re-examination of these junctions in terms of traffic management, in particular the operation of the traffic lights.

“Fixing this problem would go a long way in terms of improving traffic flow in the town, and must be done as a matter of urgency, particularly as we head into the busy Christmas season.”


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