Some tentative progress on bypass road for Adare

 

                                      NEVILLE WELCOMES PROGRESS ON ADARE BY PASS

“I met with Leo Varadkar TD, Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport today, Wednesday 16th October to discuss the issue of Adare By pass.

I welcome the news that the Minister Varadkar has agreed to explore all options and the Minister has agreed to arrange a meeting in the next few weeks,  which he will attend himself with Limerick County Council and the National Roads Authority and I to discuss this issue.  Earlier this year I already spoke publically at being very alarmed on hearing that the total funding provided for the Adare bypass to date by the National Roads Authority is €4.3 Million

This level of funding would finance the bypass when the earlier proposals were made.  I believe that this waste of money is a disgrace

I am extremely disappointed with An Bord Plenala’s decision to refuse permission for the proposed N21 Adare By Pass

This has been an objective of Limerick Co. Council since the 1980s.    There is urgency to remove a major bottleneck at the entrances to Adare from the National Primary Road where over 15,400 vehicles use per day.

There is also a safety issue for those who use the roadway.    The diversion of a considerable amount of traffic from the town centre would improve the safety in the village and of vehicles accessing through the village.

It also would improve the enjoyment for residents, improve commercial business and considerably improve tourism in the village.    It is estimated that if a by-pass was introduced it would reduce the number of vehicles accessing the village from over 15,400 to in the region of 5,000 so therefore in excess of 10,000 vehicles per day will continue to needlessly pass through the village for the foreseeable future which results in considerable delays and tailbacks, especially at peak times.

It also seriously interferes with the development of the tourist product in Adare which is regarded as one of the best such products in the country.    It is internationally recognised as one of the most beautiful villages in Ireland.

Minister Varadkar is keen that clarity is brought to the issue and I look forward to working with the Minister to reach a successful outcome”