Polestar Roundabout still causing confusion for drivers

THE Polestar Roundabout in Letterkenny is still leaving some motorists confused.

The traffic lights were installed at the busy roundabout in October last, as part of an overall upgrade of the four lane roadway from the Dry Arch Roundabout to the Polestar Roundabout.

Some bedding in time was urged following the new infrastructure, and motorists were advised to have patience with all road users following the installation.


One driver voiced their confusion over what to do when they have a green light signal at the roundabout but are faced with a red traffic light as they travel around the roundabout. The driver said other cars then come and the road is blocked.

Responding, a garda spokesperson said the traffic light signals at the Polestar Roundabout share out the green time across the four arms of the roundabout, based on the traffic volume on each arm at any time.

“Motorists may be required to stop at traffic lights at various points as they travel onto, around and off the roundabout. You may feel that when you come to a stop on the roundabout that you are blocking the road for other motorists but you are not so long as you are in the correct lane.

“We advise all motorists to familiarise themselves with the layout of the roundabout and not to feel anxious about using it. The important thing is to obey all traffic signals given and to ensure that they are travelling in the correct lane.”

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