CONCERTGOERS heading to the sold out Ed Sheeran gigs at Páirc Uí Chaoimh in just over two weeks are being warned that there will be no vehicular access near the stadium.
The detail of a garda cordon was included in a traffic management plan issued by management at the stadium as the countdown continues ahead of the three concerts. It comes ahead of a crunch meeting between local residents and stadium management tomorrow to discuss a range of concerns raised locally.
Full details of the plan were published on the official Páirc Uí Chaoimh website and note that a shuttle bus will ferry concertgoers from Lapp’s Quay to the stadium on May 4, 5 and 6 for the concerts.
During that time, a cordon will prevent access to Centre Park Road, The Marina, Maryville estate and Monahan Road, with the exception of a one-way system for residents and local businesses.
The plan makes provisions for businesses and sporting clubs in the area for access over the days, but advises that delays are likely between 4pm and 8pm and 11pm and midnight daily. The first concert also coincides with the Friday evening rush hour on the bank holiday weekend.
Fianna Fáil councillor Terry Shannon welcomed the publication of the information but said many residents are still in the dark over how the events will impact the wider area.
“The critical issue we have had since the start is the lack of information,” Mr Shannon said. “They have to be good neighbours. Mobility and traffic plans are part of the conditions of planning but there has been relative silence from management otherwise.”
Mr Shannon said that much of the content in the traffic plans to date addresses the concerns of those living close to the stadium but that blocking access has, at times, resulted in issues for residents slightly further afield.
“Those on Boreenmanna Road, the Well Road and other areas have been blocked in and faced parking issues,” he said.
“Ultimately, there should be greater use of the park and ride and other facilities to combat these issues.