A quiet day in Ballinrobe town centre but currently the town is experiencing heavy traffic and delays. Photo from Google Maps

Traffic gridlock in south Mayo town

ISSUES with traffic gridlock in Ballinrobe have been raised by local Councillor Michael Burke.

It is taking up to 25 minutes for traffic to pass through the town, he told a local area meeting today, requesting an update on traffic management.

The councillor has been receiving complaints about the situation every day.

People are upset and annoyed as it is taking them 20 to 25 minutes to get through the town coming or going to work or maybe attending hospital appointments.

Every day from 2 p.m. there is a huge traffic hold up, he said.

The heavy volumes of traffic on roads in the county generally was commented on by Councillor Patsy O'Brien.

Councillor Damien Ryan agreed there are problems, not just in Ballinrobe, and it needed to be looked at sooner rather than later.

A report on the Ballinrobe situation will be available for the next municipal district meeting, councillors were told.

As part of the overall plan for the town, application has been made to move the bus stops and funding has been sought in respect of traffic lights.