A ONE-WAY system to alleviate traffic congestion near UCC has all but been ruled out by City Hall as it plans a review of traffic arrangements on College Rd and surrounding areas.
Fianna Fáil councillor Mary Shields said any such review should include a one-way system between Highfield Avenue and Highfield West where she fears a serious accident will take place due to large volumes of traffic.
“Over the years other councillors and I have put down motions regarding these roads and making them one-way. Nothing has been done and congestion has increased. Residents are really very frustrated. There is potential for serious accidents,” said Ms Shields.
“The traffic congestion on both these roads is extremely hazardous and measures need to be taken to deal with this problem, especially for health and safety reasons as emergency vehicles find it difficult to access the area quickly.”
City council director of roads and transportation Gerry O’Beirne said a one-way system could actually create more problems in the area and affect access for residents as well as potential dangers for pedestrians.
“Highfield Avenue and Highfield West are minor, narrow, and relatively lightly trafficked two-way roads where traffic from one approach has to give way to traffic coming from the opposite direction, due to the on-street parking that is in situ,” said Mr O’Beirne.
“The consideration of a one-way traffic flow system in this area would need to be subject to a traffic modelling exercise. This is necessary to establish the benefits of this change for the streets and also to identify the consequential impact and necessary traffic flow changes on adjoining streets.
“It should be noted, however, that in relation to one-way systems, generally, the recommendation is that one-way systems are avoided.
“The current arrangement operates as a form of traffic calming where traffic is deterred from using the roadway as a rat run or through route. The introduction of one-way routing could dis-improve the operation of these roads.
“The traffic arrangements for the area around Highfield Avenue and Highfield West, including Glasheen Rd, Magazine Rd, and College Rd can also be further reviewed by the transportation division in 2019 subject to resources being available.
“Any proposed change to the traffic arrangement in this area would have to be undertaken in accordance with the relevant roads or planning development acts.”
Council chief executive Ann Doherty said due to resources being directed towards the city boundary extension, the review of traffic in the area will not happen immediately.