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Wicklow Town one-way system expected at end of October

Sunday October 31st is the provisional date announced by Wicklow County Council for the upcoming trial one-way system in Wicklow Town.

Final discussions and changes were discussed on Monday before the plan was finalised by Wicklow Municipal District.

The Project Engineers have stressed that it is a “trial run” and will not be forced in if it does not work as intended.

The new system will begin at the top of Morton’s Lane (known locally as Hopkin’s Hill) and will run as far Market Square.

Traffic coming northbound into the town from Dunbur Road will now need to use the South Quay or Kilmantan Hill to access the town.

Key traffic details:

  • One way system begins just after junction of Morton’s Lane and the Main Street running south to Market Square before returning to a two-way system.
  • Traffic coming from Dunbur Road via Kilmantan Hill will have priority at the Bayview Road/Convent Hill junction.
  • South Quay will remain open for two-way traffic.
  • No right turn up Morton’s Lane/Hopkin’s Hill.
  • No through road at Lower Mall (access to South Quay via Salthouse Lane).
  • Traffic in system will now use the Upper Mall.
  • Right turn only onto Main Street at bottom of Coates Lane and New Street.

The trial project is funded by the National Transport Authority as part of a mobility scheme ran in 2020, which was used to fund an earlier trial carried out during the Christmas period last year.

It’s being tested in an attempt to create new and usable public space, ease traffic conjestion and improve pedestrian crossing points within the town.

Some local concerns in relation to the removal of disability parking spaces, but the project proposal states that it will in fact add additional disability parking.