Clarke welcomes plan to aid traffic flow in Newcastle

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Sunday, May 12th, 2013
Alliance Party Newcastle area Councillor Patrick Clarke has welcomed Roads Service proposals to amend parking restrictions on Main Street in Newcastle during the summer months. The plans relate to parking bays and a disabled bay outside the Donard Hotel in Newcastle. Councillor Clarke stated, “At present motorists have to merge into one lane as they turn the corner at the top of Main Street, causing a bottleneck in peak periods. Roads Service wants to facilitate two-lane traffic flow in a bid to reduce congestion. “I believe the proposal by Roads Service to be a sensible approach by Roads Service in order to try and resolve this long standing issue of traffic queues coming into Newcastle. “Roads Service has agreed to consult with residents, businesses and local representatives with a view to removing the existing disabled parking bay in the area and introducing new parking restrictions. Clarke continued, “Roads Service are proposing during ‘low season’ to maintain the limited waiting restriction of one hour, no return one hour, between the hours of 11am and 7pm, from 1 September to 31 March.” “However, during the ‘high season’ Roads Service is proposing that there will be ‘No Waiting’ and ‘No Loading’ between the hours of 11am and 7pm from 1 April to 31 August.” “I welcome the consultation as the proposals are a compromise between traders who want a continuation of parking and others who want a permanent no parking zone. The move being proposed by Roads Service is essential to improve the town’s traffic flow. “The current arrangement is bad for business as people are put off going to Newcastle because the traffic system was creating long tailbacks on the Castlewellan and Dundrum roads. He added, “Roads Service has confirmed that it has already submitted an application to remove the disabled parking space along Main Street in Newcastle to the Department’s Land and Legislation Branch. “The proposals are to be advertised in the local press under The Parking and Waiting Restrictions (Newcastle) Order (Amendment) Order and Parking Places on Roads (Disabled Persons’ Vehicles) (Amendment) Order (NI).”
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