Gardai now monitoring Fermoy traffic flow following chaotic scenes
Last week, business people from across Fermoy town were struggling to attrach customers, as many people were avoiding the town because of the huge tailbacks being caused by the flood relief works being undertaken at O'Neill Crowley Quay.
Cllr Noel McCarthy (Labour) told The Avondhu this week that following on from a meeting with the gardai, OPW, Lagan Construction, the Fermoy Business Action Group and Municipal District Officer Pauline Moriarty, gardai are now in place to monitor the traffic and lessen the congestion, to ensure that people move through the town quicker.
He said that the work being done now is as important as the work that was done on the bridge last summer when one lane was closed. Gardai were moving traffic then, so it was only fair that they be brought in now, so that poeple wouldn't be put off from coming into Fermoy.
"It was chaos last week and there would have been chaos on the bridge that time as well if the gardai weren't there. It shouldn't have been allowed to happen," Cllr McCarthy said.
He added that even though the agreement was only made on Thursday of last week, he has already seen a noticeable difference in the town. "I was downtown today and yesterday and I saw a huge improvement. Last week, people would have said the delay was too long to come in, as they were 45 minutes trying to get from one part of the town to another, but now there is a maximum delay of five or ten minutes."
Cllr McCarthy said that the works are expected to continue for another month. However, he said that when businesses were suffering and jobs were under threat, something needed to be done to help move the traffic and he's glad that the situation has now been managed.
Friday 20th June 9:22am