School traffic 'improves' says company


By Conor Ganly @laoisnews

The multi-national company that manages two Portlaoise schools says traffic flow has improved on the campus and it is not responsible for congestion on feeder roads, although it says it is prepared to help solve the problem.

Sodexo has responsibility for traffic management on the Scoil Chríost Rí and St. Mary’s CBS campuses.

The company claimed that it made changes in response to parents.

“Following a number of complaints from parents during the first week of the new term, and in consultation with An Garda Siochana and the school principals, Sodexo reviewed the existing pedestrian access routes from the staff car park to both schools.

“A number of changes were agreed and implemented. Parents received a letter from the school detailing the new changes,” he said.

Reports emerged this week that a lane for buses had re-opened for drop off this Monday morning.

Sodexo claimed no lane had ever been closed.

“No existing lanes were blocked or closed off on the school grounds. There is single lane access and egress to this very busy site for traffic, and the health and safety of everyone accessing the site remains a priority.

The company claimed that changes have made a difference.

“Since the changes were implemented, the traffic flow and congestion on-site has improved considerably.

“Sodexo is also aware of the issues with congestion on access roads to the School which is out of its control and the company will co-operate in any external consultations with the relevant authorities in their efforts to find a long-term solution to the problem,” said a statement.

The Department of Educaiton declined to comment.