By Sean Moriarty


Killarney Municipal District is considering introducing virtual message signs on the approach roads to car parks in the outer town centre in an effort to reduce traffic congestion in the town.


The signs would electronically display live car park capacity and the number of spaces left in the Rock Road, Lewis Road, Outlet Centre, Fair Hill, New Street and Glebe car parks.


It is hoped the signs would help reduce the number of vehicular movements in the town centre which arise due to repetitive circulation of drivers seeking parking.


There are concerns that the lower New Street and the Lewis Road car parks are not being used to their full potential even in the busy summer months. There are also concerns that there is unnecessary congestion in the College Street area as drivers find this car park could be full on arrival and have to execute a U-turn across the taxi rank in front of the Glebe car park.


At Wednesday’s Killarney Municipal District meeting, council officials confirmed that they had done a feasibility study into the use of VMS technology.


“These will identify the capacity available in car parks for display on radial routes,” said Killarney Town Manager Angela McAllen. “It is proposed to prepare a tender for procurement during Quarter 1 2020.”