Calls for action as traffic grinds to stand still

AN URGENT review is needed of Enniskillen’s traffic system, with the town already in gridlock even before the Christmas rush begins in earnest. 
That was the call from one of the town’s councillors, in the wake of ever growing congestion. 
For the last couple of weeks in November, and more so now that December is upon us, traffic has been so heavy in some parts of the town people are reporting delays of an hour or more.
Cllr Paul Blake said while it was great to see shoppers flocking in, something had to be done to stop them being put off coming back.  “The nature of Enniskillen and the lay out of the island town makes congestion just a nightmare.  There really does need to be a review of traffic management around the town, and also a review of public transport to try to encourage people to use it,” he said.  Cllr Blake continued: “This is our busiest season, with Christmas just around the corner, so there definitely needs to be a serious look at it.  It will increase as we get closer to Christmas, which is great we want to see the town thriving at business time. 
“We want to see the businesses thriving, we want to see the town packed and a lot of shoppers around. At the same time, you’ll not do more to put people off than having them sitting in traffic for an hour. 
“We have to make sure we have the right balance in terms of getting people into town, finding adequate parking spaces for them, and getting them home safe.”
Cllr Blake encouraged people to use public transport where they can, and also to avail of car parks slightly outside of the town centre, such as at Hollyhill, the Round O, and Stuart’s car park on the Sligo Road. 
“We also need to keep the pressure on DFI roads for that new A4 southern by-pass as a way of  trying to relieve a lot of the pressure from those who are simply driving through the town,” he added.

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