Green light for one-way system on Church Street in Athlone

Westmeath County Council has voted to introduce a new one-way system on Church Street in Athlone.

The proposal had, however, been strongly opposed by several businesses in the town.

The €3million euro plan is set to see all traffic on Church Street moves westwards only through the middle of the town, something which was a short-lived idea in 2008.

At today’s Westmeath County Council meeting, Barry Keogh, director of services, presented a church street enhancement report to the meeting which outlined eight key reasons for the proposed one-way system.

Included in the reasons for westward only traffic was a reduced traffic volume in the heart of the town, as well as improved safety and comfort for pedestrians.

43 submissions were made during the almost two month public consultation process and the plan was proposed by councillor John Dolan, and seconded by councillor Frankie Keena.

All Athlone municipal district councillors present spoke in favour of the plan, and work is due to begin to make church street one-way by early summer.