Call for Twins Towns traffic plan as notorious junction is discussed

A call has been made for a transport plan for the Twin Towns to help alleviate traffic problems in the area.

A call has been made for a transport plan for the Twin Towns to help alleviate traffic problems in the area.

The call has come from a local councillor ahead of a special meeting with council officials about plans to tackle the notorious McClay’s corner in Stranorlar.

Councillors from the Stranorlar electoral area are meeting with council officials today to discuss plans for the junction. The meeting will also discuss plans to improve the stretch of the N15 from Ballybofey to Barnesmore Gap.

A set of traffic lights at the junction is one of the options being considered by the council to bring an end to the tailbacks which have been a serious problem in Stranorlar and Ballybofey for years.

With the long-awaited Twin Towns by-pass on the back burner officials and councillors are trying to come up with solutions to the town’s traffic problems.

Finn Valley councillor Patrick McGowan said the problems at the McClay’s corner junction cannot be tackled in isolation and the solutions have to take into account all the junctions in both Ballybofey and Stranorlar. Cllr. McGowan said a transportation plan needs to be drawn up for both towns so that all the problems affecting traffic management in the area is addressed.

In isolation

“We can’t look at the problems at one junction in isolation,” he said. “There has been a call for a transportation plan in Letterkenny and we need one in the Twin Towns also,” he said. Cllr. McGowan said there cannot be a quick fix for the problem at McClays Corner just because some funding has become available.

He said the traffic delays at Kilross junction on the road to Letterkenny also need to be part of a transportation plan.

“We could kill the whole town if we don’t have a proper plan done. There are serious concerns about what is being planned for McClay’s corner.”