Residents in the Mullinavat area of South Kilkenny complained last week that they had been made prisoners in their own homes by truck drivers who had turned a local road into a shortcut rat-run to New Ross.

The residents on the scenic Ballynooney to Listerlin road have experienced a huge increase in passing traffic heading for New Ross since the opening of the Waterford City bypass earlier this year. They have called for the removal of a road sign indicating New Ross at the entrance to the Ballynooney-Listerlin Road.

A deputation spokesman for the Ballynooney Concerned Residents Group, Sean Maher, told the Piltown Electoral Area Committee that the road was dangerous and was without lay-bys along the entire route to allow lorries to pull in off the road during manoeuvres.

“There are bad bends on this narrow road and there is no way that two lorries can pass at tight spots”, he said. “Trucks have to reverse to try and gain a few extra inches of space to pass out. This is leading to tailbacks in both directions.”

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