By Eimhear McGurk
CONCERNS about the level of traffic congestion in Omagh town centre have been raised by local councillors at a recent meeting with the Department of Infrastructure (DFI).
With 24,000 vehicles coming through Omagh every day, gridlock issues frequently occur on the Great Northern Road and other main thoroughfares in the town centre – especially during peak hours.
At a meeting last week with Colm McElholm from the DFI’s Network Development and Traffic Management division, town councillors raised their growing frustration with the worsening congestion problem in Omagh.
Sinn Féin MLA Catherine Kelly explained, “The traffic problem is causing huge tailbacks through the town and having a huge impact on journey times, which impacts on work/appointment lateness, causing bus route/taxi complications, deliveries, people coming shopping to our town for shops/restaurants and possibly deterring them from coming back again”.
She added, “Our representatives were assured that DFI Roads are continuing to actively meet on this matter, seeking out positive solutions such as traffic management, road alignments, lights and will act immediately if these will prove to effective.
“The completion of the Strathroy link road, for which our party campaigned long and hard will hopefully have a positive impact on reducing some of the current congestion but ultimately the pushing forward and completion of the A5 offers the best solution to easing the towns congestion problem.”
Ms Kelly is now seeking a meeting with DFI’s Strategic Roads Improvement manager David McKinley to establish what practical measures can be introduced to address this problem in the interim.