An Inishowen councillor is to seek the support of  his fellow elected representatives in the peninsula for a  bypass to be built around Buncrana.

Figures obtained by the Inish Times show 100,000 vehicles a week travel along the town’s one-way Main Street.

An average of 13,870 vehicles use the street on a daily basis.

The statistics, obtained  from sensors erected at the Westend end of the street, show a steady flow of traffic from 7.00am to 7.00pm with peak times being 8.00am-9.00am, 1.00pm-2.00pm and 5.00pm-7.00pm.

The sensors were installed to manage the flow of traffic travelling along St Mary’s Road, Cockhill Road and the Main Street.

Independent Councillor Nicholas Crossan said the figures showed the town needed a bypass.

He said: “These figures show Buncrana needs an outer relief road which will be able to take the pressure off the Main Street, creating more parking spaces which will lead to more people stopping off in the town.

“The sensors were installed in the past few weeks and the general consensus is they are improving the flow of traffic and there are no longer the lengthy queues out as far as Westbrook during peak periods.”

Cllr Crossan said he intended to raise the issue at the Inishowen Municipal District with the aim of getting support from his fellow councillors to take the matter forward to Donegal County Council.

Cllr Crossan revealed he had met with Gardai to raise what he described as the “ongoing issue”  of traffic flow, including the congestion on Main Street and “pinch points” in the town.

He added: “We are taking an overall look at keeping the traffic flowing throughout the town – we are looking at signage, parking and bus stops.”

Cllr Crossan claimed “one complaint” had been “sorted out.”

He said: “One of the complaints we have got sorted out was when the pedestrian button was pushed on the traffic lights at SuperValu on Cockhill Road vehicles would have had to stop immediately – but there Is now a delay, but we believe that to be too long and we are looking at reducing it.”

Meanwhile, Cllr  Crossan appealed to motorists to adhere to the “yellow box” at the St Mary’s Road-Cockhill Road-Main Street junction, stressing it was an offence to enter the box when unable to exit.

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