Minister arranges meeting to address worsening traffic congestion in Newry

November 25, 2008

In an attempt to tackle the worsening traffic problems Newry motorists are currently experiencing with the increase in visitors and shoppers to the city, Transport Minister Conor Murphy has announced that a meeting will take place later this week to address the issue.

The meeting will be attended by members of the Chamber of Commerce, Newry and Mourne District Council and the PSNI to discuss traffic management in the city.  At present, motorists entering Newry from the Dublin Road are facing delays of up to two hours with tailbacks of traffic stretching bumper-to-bumper for miles.
Confirming the meeting will take place on Thursday, Minister Murphy said, “It’s great news for the city, that during this financial downturn, Newry businesses are experiencing such a high volume of visitors with an influx of cross border shoppers looking for Christmas bargains.
“However it has led to some increased traffic congestion and I have arranged a meeting to examine any measures which can be brought in to alleviate the situation on the run up to the festive period.
“This will be a welcome boost to shoppers and traders in the city centre and I hope it will help to ensure a successful Christmas for Newry,” he said.