AS locals call for a new traffic system for the Blarney Street area, the extent of the problem was highlighted yesterday when a truck became stuck on Friar’s Avenue, causing a tailback and delays for motorists.
Gardaí attended the scene and the lorry was eventually guided out of the narrow street after locals had assisted with redirecting traffic just after lunchtime.
Sinn Féin Cllr Thomas Gould was among those stuck behind the lorry and he believes the area is no longer suitable for modern day traffic levels.
“There have been serious issues with traffic on Blarney Street for years,” said Cllr Gould.
“There has been chaos at times and this goes to highlight the ongoing problems and its unsuitability for modern day traffic.”
Blarney Street Residents’ Association president Tom Coleman said planned developments will make traffic issues worse unless they are tackled.
“It’s a regular occurrence in the area. We have articulated trucks coming down Blarney Street and it all compounds matters. It’s high time more attention was paid to traffic issues in the area and they were prioritised,” Mr Coleman said.
Mr Gould said the problem of large vehicles using Friars Avenue is partly due to Google Maps directing drivers who may be unfamiliar with the area through the avenue, without advising of the narrow road exiting Friar’s Avenue on to Blarney Street, he added.
Blarney Street is also being affected by the lack of the North Ring Road, Cllr Gould added.
The problem is there is no infrastructure and we end up with a truck coming down a hill that it’s completely unsuitable for.
“Residents have been very reasonable, today they brought the driver a cup of tea and a glass of water and blocked other cars from coming down, but there have been a number of times that trucks have damaged houses,” Cllr Gould added.
“We need proper infrastructure. The whole issue of a one-way system on Blarney Street comes down to the residents but a proper traffic management plan needs to be put in place.”
A public meeting on the issue of making Blarney Street a one-way road will be held on September 11 at the Rock Community Centre at 7.30pm.