Roads in the Burren are narrow and formal parking is limited. The development of this infrastructure is restricted by topography, protective designations and land ownership. The winding narrow roads are an elemental part of the Burren landscape and part of its charm. Any changes to this infrastructure has to be undertaken with sensitivity and must take into account the impacts on the landscape, local landownership issues and the needs of people living in the area as well as those visiting or passing through. Signage, designated routes and alternative transport options also have an important role to play.
The development of the current traffic management strategy has involved the County Council, the National Parks and Wildlife Service, the National Monuments Service, local landowners and a number of consultants. The key elements have been the provision of parking at Poulnabrone Dolmen, a proposed Signage Plan, safe off-road Viewing Areas at popular scenic spots, a strategy for the Coast Road between Ballyvaghan and Doolin, discussions with Coach Operators on self regulated one way systems and alternative transport options.
As part of a proposed traffic management strategy to alleviate increasing traffic congestion on the coastal road in the Burren, it has been suggested that there should be a voluntary, self regulated, one-way traffic system for coaches and camper vans operating from South to North between Ballinlackan junction (R477 & R479) and Ballyvaughan. See map for details.
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Burren Connect Project are working with Clare Accessible Transport to provide environmentally sustainable public transport options for people living in and visiting the Burren.
Please visit www.catconnects.ie to access public transport timetables and other information.