The county council says the one-way traffic system is still on the cards for Oranmore

Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway County Council has advised that a one-way traffic system for Oranmore could still be considered.

It follows the recent submission of a detailed system of one-way footpaths to the local authority by the action group MÓR – along with a petition with over 1,500 signatures.

Although this proposal was ultimately rejected, a meeting this week revealed that it was still a possibility and careful thought was given to the idea.

The issue was raised at this week’s meeting of the Municipal District of Athenry-Oranmore.

Councilor Jim Cuddy wanted to know if the active travel funding recently announced for the Galway projects could be earmarked for Oranmore’s traffic management plan.

He was informed that the plan is now out of date – and that a new transport plan is currently being prepared for the village which will take more account of all modes of transport – including pedestrians and cyclists.

It will not only look at issues such as traffic, parking, road safety, pedestrian access and cycling, but also the possibility of a one-way traffic system through the village.

Although such an idea was recently proposed by the community group MÓR Action as part of a detailed submission, the indication was that it was a non-starter.

Now, a few weeks later, the local authority has confirmed that a one-way system will be considered by consultants when drafting a new transport plan for Oranmore.

It was clear the idea had been given considerable thought, as it was revealed that the local authority had approached private companies to secure, in principle, the use of private roads for a one-way system.

There is no firm date at present for the development of the new transport plan for Oranmore – but the project is expected to start this year with the appointment of a consultant.

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