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Trial one-way system planned for Main Street


Main Street in Wicklow town

Main Street in Wicklow town

Main Street in Wicklow town


Wicklow Municipal District has plans for a trial one-way system along Main Street in Wicklow town.

The trial period will last for four months and will see a one-way system in place from AIB on Main Street toward Market Square. Motorists who want to travel in the opposite direction can take the road past the courthouse up by the Dominican Convent or head down South Quay.

The one-way system currently in operation at Fitzwilliam Row will be reversed as part of the trial so traffic will be heading south instead of north. The trial also takes into consideration a report by the Town Team which made a number of recommendations regarding parking and traffic flow.

Speaking after Monday's meeting of Wicklow Municipal District, Cathaoirleach Cllr John Snell said: 'The one-way system will be marked out with cones and signs. NTA are providing funding.

'If it is a success it will become permanent. If it's not a success we can revert back to what we had.

'Everyone recognises that something has to be done regarding traffic congestion in the town. Public consultation will take place and Wicklow Municipal District will be working closely with the Town Team, who also have the input of the Tidy Towns and Chamber of Commerce.'

As of yet no time-frame has been provided over when the trial system will be put in place. There are also plans for a temporary one way system on Church Hill which will operate on a trial basis for four months. Traffic will flow from Whitegates to Wentworth Place.

Speaking at Monday's district meeting, District Engineer Kevin Scanlon said: 'The Church Hill one-way system is to do with traffic management and improving facilities for pedestrians and cyclists. If it is a success, we will keep it. If not, we will go back to the way we were. We can't do much about the pinch points but we will be able to get more parking at the school. We hope to have it in place soon for the rest of the year and the start of next year. We can tweak things along the way if they don't work.'

Further details are expected to be sent out to local representatives later this week.

Cllr Gail Dunne agreed that some traffic calming measures were required for Church Hill in order to combat congestion taking place, especially during school pick-up and drop-off times.

'It's a place I drive up regularly. It's only for a trial period and questionnaires should be sent out to the people living up there. The bottom of Church Hill where Wicklow Rovers are is one of the most dangerous junctions in the town.'

Cllr Mary Kavanagh commented: 'I suppose it's a case of trial and error and see how it goes.'

Regarding the Church Hill plans, Cllr Snell said: 'I welcome the opportunity to test out the one way system on Church Hill. You have to trial these things. If it doesn't work we will go back to something else.'