Mayor of Athlone welcomes decision on Church Street one-way plan

The Mayor of Athlone has welcomed a decision to proceed with a €3million euro plan to make Church Street one-way from later on this year.

Westmeath County Council agreed on Monday afternoon to proceed with the plan, which will see traffic move westwards only on the street.

A report from the council executive identified eight particular reasons why the street, which was made one way before in 2008, should be radically changed.

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Director of services Barry Keogh outlined that Improving the comfort and safety for pedestrians, as well as enhancing footfall and meeting opportunities in the town center was key to the council pushing ahead with the plan.

The proposal was passed without any voice of objection at the meeting, and the street will become one-way sometime in July or AQugust in the first step on of what is expected to be in total an 18-month plan that will also involve widening of footpaths and changes to junction layouts.

Councillor John Dolan, who proposed the adoption of the part 8 planning process said everyone knows something had to be done to Church Street