A one-way system for coaches and motorhomes is to operate this summer on Slea Head, one of the narrowest and “most congested” tourist routes, on the edge of the Atlantic west of Dingle, it has been announced.
n recent years, traffic has been intense around the spectacular Slea Head, with buses regularly clogging roads and sometimes queuing for hours as vehicles get stuck and unable to turn.
A number of measures including traffic lights have already been considered but this time there will be signs to ensure vans and motorhomes turn left and not right after the town of Dingle.
A community worker will be at Coumeenole Beach each day to wave the way and point you in the right direction.
Last year, a three-year study, ‘The Fáilte Ireland Visitor Experience Development Plan for the future of Tourism in Dingle’, concluded that the volume of visitor traffic around Slea Head and the Conor Pass is ‘huge’ but the buses while they clog the streets, bring little value to the area.
Locals have complained that they have to adapt their daily lives to the traffic and veer off the road altogether at rush hour.
Tourists have also gotten stuck and tempers are sometimes frayed in the summer.
“From Tuesday 19 April to Friday 22 April, Kerry County Council will trial a one-way system for buses, RVs and large vehicles on West Kerry’s Slea Head Drive, which is prone to congestion on narrow streets. ”
“During the trial period, the Council is asking that visitors travel clockwise starting in Dingle Town, then on to Ventry, Slea Head, Coumeenole, Dunquin, Ballyferriter, Murioch, Feohanagh and back to Dingle.
“A Kerry County Council official will be positioned (every day from 11am to 4pm) in Coumeenole to encourage RVs and larger vehicles traveling in the wrong direction to get back on the right route.
“Visitors are encouraged to follow the recommended route from the start, resulting in more time to relax and enjoy the magnificent views, attractions, history and culture of this beautiful part of Kerry,” said a spokesman for the rates.
Locals can come and go as they please, he added: Local access will be maintained as usual.
Signage was put up on site with reference to the trial one-way system.
https://www.independent.ie/life/travel/ireland/one-way-system-for-kerrys-slea-head-scenic-drive-to-come-into-force-this-summer-to-avoid-two-hour-tailbacks-41547083.html One-way system for Kerry’s Slea Head Scenic Drive is set to come into effect this summer to avoid two hours of traffic jams