Traders reject suggestion of Buncrana bypass

A local county councillor says a bypass would be the “making of Buncrana”, but Main Street traders are far from convinced.

Cllr Nicholas Crossan says Buncrana must consider implementing a bypass, rather than letting traffic “build up and up until we are totally gridlocked”.

“We need to look at an approach that suits everyone and I think a bypass could be the making of Buncrana. It could help to establish the town as somewhere where people have plenty of time to be able to relax, find a parking space, walk about and shop.”

He says a system that forces “almost every lorry coming into Inishowen” to drive through the Main Street is not one that benefits Buncrana.

However many business owners are highly skeptical that a bypass would enhance the town.

“It’ll never happen,” said Eunan McLaughlin of Mac’s Bookshop. “And I think it’s a bit foolish talking about a bypass that will never happen.”

“A bypass would kill business and take the heart out of the town.”

He also suggested that better traffic management could relieve any congestion on the Main Street, starting with a properly facilitated bus stop that would allow buses to pull in without interrupting the flow of traffic.

In nearby Cards and Candies, business owner Jackie Henderson says there “are more important issues” that need addressed before anyone should propose a bypass.

“Everything has been bypassing Buncrana since Fruit of the Loom left. The lack of work in our town must be our priority.”

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Damian Dowds

Damian studied at NUI Maynooth and worked with Intel Ireland on graduation. Followings stints as a civil servant in Leinster House, and with magazine publisher Ashville Media, he returned to Inishowen to set up the Inishowen Independent in 2007.