Drive for improvement: The €500k tender to solve traffic flow at Wicklow’s Glendalough
A tender worth €500,000 has been launched by Fáilte Ireland to help solve the traffic flow at Glendalough.
The tourism body is asking for a “masterplan” on how to visitor experience around the tourist attractions, which is one of the country’s most popular, welcoming hundreds of thousands of visitors every year.
At the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, the car parks in the area were closed “due to the sheer volume of traffic” as too many people were visiting the area.
In the tender, Fáilte Ireland says it is working with the National Parks and Wildlife Service, the Office of Public Works, Wicklow County Council and others on the project.
“Glendalough and Wicklow Mountains National Park is an obvious jewel in Wicklow’s tourism offering but at peak times the experience can be undermined by poor traffic and visitor management issues and the potential to maximise visitor spending and keep visitors in the region are often not maximised,” it says.
“Improving the regional and seasonal spread of visitors is very important,” Fáilte Ireland said.
“Persuading more tourists to visit outside seasonal peaks and to visit areas outside of the main attractions will mitigate against regional and seasonal congestion and deliver a better experience for all.”
It should also: “Identify what techniques could be developed to alleviate capacity issues at pressure points within Glendalough, Wicklow Mountains National Park and greater county Wicklow.”
The closing date for response to this tender is May 29, with the project expected to last 26 weeks.