National Primary Route 6 Traffic Counts

Sources: TII Traffic Data and now-defunct NRA Traffic Count Data. More counters.


It is debatable as to whether a motorway replacement for the N6 was needed, considering its traffic levels. Only Athlone had any major needs. Nonetheless, the new route was opened mainly in 2009 and 2010. It is counting very low levels of traffic for a cross-island route. Levels are probably being held down by the recession. However, the towns along the route can breathe a sigh of relief at finding themselves bypassed.

It is likely that the Athlone bypass's relentless rise in vehicle flow over the years will necessitate improvements within a decade. Since it functions as a distributor road for Athlone local movements, adding parallel access roads could help. Notably, although the recession resulted in counts stagnating for 2008 and 2009, there was another increase in 2010 - possibly due to the completion of the final sections of M6 to the west side. Some minor improvements, but no widening or straightening out of bends, took place in 2013.

Show notes on counter locations

Glennascaul East : M6 east of M6/N18 Interchange
Athenry : M6 immediately east of Athenry Grade Separated Junction
Carrowkeel : M6 immediately east of M6/N65 Interchange
West Ballinasloe : M6 Southwest of Ballinasloe
Athlone East EJ08 : M6 East of Athlone bypass
Horseleap WJ05 : M6 Horseleap between N52 and N80 interchanges
Kilbeggan EJ05 : M6 East of Kilbeggan


Athenry - Year on Year Growth

Athlone East EJ08

Athlone East EJ08 - Year on Year Growth

Kilbeggan EJ05

Kilbeggan EJ05 - Year on Year Growth

Horseleap WJ05

Horseleap WJ05 - Year on Year Growth