Some of that already underway.
Talks of €3m redevelopment
Plans to widen footpaths and reduce parking.
Develop two new parking areas (around 100 spaces)
1. Behind what was Jackie Griffins
2. Around the Source somewhere (current underground parking there is disaster!!)
Ring road completion is long talked of and would be a major help - but it didn't get done before the recession and no money since!!
Should have happened in the "boom times" - council/councillors didn't get it together enough to put on national agenda.
Again hard to disagree with your point on the politicians.
Without the ring road the pinch points for traffic continue to cause congestion.
I am often shocked there are not more small tips/accidents
-(i) turning from Parnell Street on the the Square many people some to move well over the white line,
parking on the double yellow at fish shop doesn't help (perhaps still bit of old small town mentality - I am only popping in for a minute so will just leave the car right at the door and ignore that its blocks loads of others)
(ii) exiting the square towards Cathedral Street (again inappropriate Parking outside chinese/castle plus moving from wide road to narrow)
(iii) Fast moving traffic entering Parnell Street from stadium side many of whom seem to ignore that due to the parking they have to and are travelling in the middle of the road but yet do not give way to traffic exiting from square who are travelling on own side of road.
(iv) The one lane/two lane/double parking from AIB to Hayes.
Is using the left lane to continue forward proper driving or trying to skip the queue of traffic!
At first I used to use the left lane if continuing forward but between people randomly deciding to stop in park in it and then others cutting me up because the were using the right lane to continue straight.
I do find it funny when traffic is at standstill and people try to queue skip and its so short a road at most you might get past 3 cars - hardly worth the all the manouevering.
On the other side of square the inside lane is left turn only
(v) I find that is little reluctance by many drivers in Thurles to give an inch regardless of fact that they cant travel forward themselves. I didn't notice this as bad elsewhere.
So just the physical constraints of the narrowness and indeed the location of the schools causes a lot of traffic chaos.
I wasn't around when they tried the one way system but it seems there has huge resistance to even giving it a chance.
Other towns of not hugely bigger size use traffic lights because of the narrowness of streets - would it work or is it needed in Thurles? Or would it just increase the chaos?
In fairness the school on the road heading out towards semple stadium from Parnell street have really got their patrons to tidy up the parking.