Laois’ Garda Chief Superintendent John Scanlon says they do not expect “any major traffic problems” for the ploughing.
“Our biggest concern is that people will come in a more spread out way. They all want to come at 7 o’clock in the morning, but people should realise that at 12 in the day, there no pressure to get in, so if some of the famiilies though better of it, coming later in morning might help. The infrastructure around here is superb, we don’t expect any major traffic problems. There are some pressure points, we ask those who come to make sure they have sufficient fuel to get out of the place. We had a small problem last year with a bus that ran out of fuel on the exit, but on the whole this has been a superb venue in terms of infrastructure and the planning the NPA have put in,” he said.
Last year bottlenecks occurred at outlying towns from the site, such as Abbeyleix and Mountmellick, but no changes have been made to the Gardaí’s plans for this year.
“They dissipated, you get to a point where, it’s sheer volume, you can’t overcome it. The only amendment is to emergency exits. I had some representation from towns to stop traffic (by traders) but we would ask people to be forebearant, we are very grateful to schools here for closing for the day and taking the pressure off,” he said.
See the six route plans on www.garda.ie, with each route going to a designated carpark, ie green route from Portlaoise to green carpark.