Traffic fear in Abbeyleix

TRADERS in Abbeyleix have warned that more traffic calming will hit already struggling local business.

TRADERS in Abbeyleix have warned that more traffic calming will hit already struggling local business.

The Abbeyleix Business and Community Development Forum (ABC) AGM was told this week that Laois County Council has offered to install more traffic calming in response to concens raised.

Brian Maher, the ABC chairman, said the forum had met with Laois County Council over traffic issues. He told the meeting that one of the problems with decline in traffic was that vehicles were now travelling faster.

Mr Maher said the forum had put a number of proposals to the council and the local authority had offered to tackle the matter through a pedestrian crossing which would slow traffic.

However two local businesswoman were concerned that the move would further damage trade which had already been badly hit as a result of the motorway. One woman, who has been trading for nearly three decades, said her business was down by half with jobs lost with the loss of the passing trade. They feared that discouraging more traffic would make matters worse. The felt the speed was a problem at night rather than during the day.

Mr Maher said the town could not refuse an offer of help from the council but he said there would be consultation with the public before any traffic calming was put in place.