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Excerpt: "The coach tourism business is important to Sligo – coaches bring tourists to the town centre. Visitors will shop, eat and hopefully enjoy all that Sligo has to offer. Frequently tour coach drivers are operating a tight schedule; therefore, getting coaches in and out quickly and efficiently is what is expected as a tourism industry norm.
Unfortunately the continuous and ongoing disregard for the new coach drop-off/collection facility at Markievicz Road has the potential to undo all the positive results achieved to date. In recent weeks, the Council has received numerous calls from coach operators frustrated that they were at times behind schedule due to their inability to access the designated coach facilities on Markievicz Road. We are also informed that coach drivers have on occasion continued on their journey rather than stop on Markievicz Road as the facilities were entirely taken up with cars, delivery vans and mini buses.
In response to this ongoing abuse, Sligo County Council with the support of the business community is initiating a zero tolerance policy on illegal parking in the coach drop-off/collection area. The spaces will be actively monitored by Sligo's traffic wardens. Cars, delivery vans, mini-buses and any other vehicles found to misuse the coach facilities will be ticketed and fined."