Fermanagh Area Plan 2007
Proposals: Enniskillen Roads
The town of Enniskillen has developed around the junctions of the A4 Fivemiletown-Enniskillen-Belcoo Road, the A32 Enniskillen-Irvinestown-Omagh Road, the A509 Enniskillen-Derrylin-Belturbet Road and the A46 Enniskillen-Belleek Road all of which are of significant regional importance, distributing traffic throughout a very wide area including Counties Donegal, Leitrim, Cavan and Monaghan. Several other roads of significant local importance radiate from Enniskillen to Tempo, Ballinamallard, Kesh, Derrygonnelly, Swanlinbar, Lisnaskea and beyond.
The roads within the town have evolved over rime and some are unsuited for use by large volumes of traffic or certain class of traffic such as large HGVs. Localised congestion and delay arise through the conflicting needs of through, cross-town, local and servicing traffic which are all concentrated onto the main road links and which also have to cater for the needs of cyclists and pedestrians.
The Department will seek to ensure that the efficiency, capacity and safety of the primary and district distributor roads within the town are maintained by restricting the number of new accesses onto them.
The road proposals for Enniskillen include the following schemes:—
RD1 The Cherrymount Link Road - This road which is partially completed will ultimately link the Irvinestown Road to the Lower Chanterhill Road and through to the Tempo Road. It will improve accessibility to the proposed industrial and housing zonings at Carran and Knockalough while relieving traffic congestion at Gaol Square and Forthill Street.
RD2 The Derrychara Development Road - This road will be constructed as a joint venture with private developers. The future development of land to the north and south of Algeo Drive is dependent on the construction of this road and such development should then be carried out in a comprehensive manner. In the interim new development requiring access onto Algeo Drive will not be permitted in the interests of traffic safety and convenience.
The implementation of these proposed road links will he dependent on land acquisition and the availability of finance.
Other Minor Road Improvement Schemes and Traffic Management Works will be undertaken in Enniskillen during the Plan period to address local problems, including road widening, footway provision and junction improvements.
The Department will take appropriate measures, including landscaping to minimise the environmental impact of all new road schemes, and to protect the amenities enjoyed by occupiers of sites adjoining the proposed schemes.