SHOPPERS are avoiding Portarlington because of traffic jams and pay parking a recent audit prepared by a steering committee as part of an improvement plan for Port has found,
“Traffic congestion and pay parking are issues, and there is no strategy to attract car-borne shoppers though some supermarkets offer free parking,” the audit says.
It wasn’t just drivers who had problems with Port’s streets however, with a litany of difficulties cited.
“It is not possible to cross the Main Street safely and easily, people in wheelchairs and parents with prams cannot move easily through the town and people cannot come easily by bus from neighbouring areas. There are no cycle racks. The buses do not link with the train service,” the report says.