Claims Letterkenny junction is damaging local businesses

by Kate Heaney

THE temporary junction at McDonalds fast food outlet on Pearse Road in Letterkenny needs urgent attention because of the damage it is doing to some local businesses, according to Cllr Kevin Bradley.

He told this month’s meeting of the Letterkenny Milford Municipal District that one ratepayer told him his business was down 40 per cent because of the problems the junction is causing.


“There should be a roundabout there. From Dunnes Stores over all the shops are struggling. One ratepayer told me his business was down 40 per cent, costs are up and it has to do with the road,” Cllr Bradley said.

Seconding the motion Cllr Michael McBride, referring to the executives’ response said he had “never got answers back from anyone”.

The executive stated that the junction at Larkins Lane/Pearse Road had been assessed on a number of occasions in the past where various options were investigated.

“Previous investigations concluded that given the restricted area of land available, the current junction layout provides the most efficient traffic flows and minimum traffic delays, taking into account available lands, traffic demands and budgets. The existing one way systems of traffic flow in this area of the town also provided the most efficient means of maintaining traffic flow at all times. There is currently no funding available to make amendments to this junction.

“The Roads Area team have currently programmed to paint the Island at this location in the coming months. Amendments to this junction may be examined in the future through the Letterkenny Town regeneration scheme subject to works programme and funding.”

Cllr McBride complained that he had never been notified that the junction had been assessed.

“This is going on 20 years and obviously no one acted on it. It is the worst junction I have ever seen in a major town, in my life,” Cllr McBride said.


Cllr Bradley added that he would not want to have a business down there.

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