Council Plans To Implement ‘Safe Streets’ Programme As Businesses Reopen

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Part of the plans for changes as businesses reopen.

KERRY County Council has published on its website the ‘Safe Streets’ Programme for towns and villages in Kerry as shops, businesses and services in town centres begin to reopen in the coming weeks.

This plan is due to be implemented in consultation with businesses after observations can be made to Ms. Jean Foley, Tralee MD Officer at by Tuesday, June 9.

Among the proposed changes are parking to be removed from one side of Lower Rock Street to provide an increased pedestrian thoroughfare.

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This final location will be determined when full scale of queuing and business activity can be observed. It also involves the closure of Russell Street to traffic from 10.30am to 6pm with Southbound traffic from Rock Street diverted via Pembroke Street.

Other changes include the lane at Lower Edward Street to be narrowed along eastern side as far as post office and the junction at Castle Street to be reduced to single lane and the introduction of extensive signage. The full plan for the Tralee Municipal District can be viewed by clicking here

This plan, which is based on the Government’s “Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business”, is to ensure that public health advice and guidelines can be adhered to and presumes that social distancing will remain a behavioural requirement for the foreseeable future.

As a result, the Council says the measures are intended to be effective ways of ensuring that social distancing can be maintained, as is reasonable and practical, while ensuring that businesses can resume trading and provide their goods and services to customers.

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