The installation of traffic lights instead of roundabouts is a complete waste of resources and time and will not solve the traffic issues, To compare with Dublin which over the last 20 years struggled with various traffic managment systems on main routes to the city and the most notabe example being the red cow junction. This junction has moved from traffic light system, to round about with traffic light systems and some other works over this period but the current free flow system has solved the delays on the most complex junction in the country, the only dealys at this point are caused by traffic lights at the junctions beyond this. A flyover system should be used instead of traffic lights or at a minimum continue with the round about system
There seems to be an inordinately long delay between lights at junctions, where everything is red (ignoring pedestrian crossing time etc). Is it my imagination or is this delay shorter in other countries? I always feel it is when I’m driving abroad.
Give people a facility to register their emails for traffic updates. Also, set up a Twitter and Facebook presence specifically for traffic updates and advertise these extensively. You can then give commuters advance warning of roadworks, accidents, particularly bad traffic etc.
Co-ordinate these three set of traffic lights so that either the College Road or Loughatalia lights go green with the Moneenageisha junction lights as you head out of town. At the moment Moneenageisha may go green but the others stay red, or vice versa, causing gridlock.
Put up smart car park signs on access routes so people know where there are currently available parking spaces
Couple of issues here:
Traffic lights at Roscam give priority to traffic coming in from coast road. Traffic from dual carriage-ways, motor-way etc waits while the coast road traffic gets priority. Surely it should be the other way round?
Also, traffic lights at Doughiska road / Dublin rd junction,always lets pedestrians cross (little green man) even when no one is crossing the road. Surely little green man should only get activated when someone “presses the button” to cross the road.
Last point, coming from Newcastle onto Quincentenial bridge, why can TWO lanes not turn left as opposed to the current one ?? Two lanes turning into two lanes, what the problem??
In my traveling experience I have never seen such stupid bus network as it is designed in Galway…In order to go from one part of the city to another one, one has to change on the Eyre Square! That’s ridiculous…Instead, lines should have to loops on the outskirts of City only passing through the center – that’s the most efficient way to transport people.
In many cities on the continent and in the UK traffic lights on long stretches of road are synchronized in such a way that drivers going with allowed speed usually get a green lights on many subsequent juntions. Why it is not implemented in Galway? For example, Dublin road is a perfect candidate for such a synchronisation. Galway roads authorities are simply not prepared to remove roundabouts and manage the flow of cars nicely… And also, why the lights function at nigh?Don’t drivers in Ireland know the yielding rule?
So the bottom line:
If you are so set on removing roundabouts, synchronize the lights into green waves and turn them off after midnight.
I really don’t follow the “logic” behind banning turning right from both directions on the bridge…All traffic to Connemara must pass through Browne roundabout and that’s a lot of cars! Designate a turning lane on that newly built junction and you will relieve 30% of traffic on the bridge and Browne roundabout.
I know that people have suggested this before but really, we do not require a priority lane turning North when approaching Kingston Cross from Knocknacarra; what we require is a separate lane going South towards Blackrock to prevent the backlog of traffic going into town. Unless, of course, traffic management aims to discourage folks from entering into Taylor’s Hill…