County Council News, October 2009

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Major Road Changes Help Traffic Movement

The Raheen Link road is now open to traffic.

As you read this we will be getting used to the various traffic changes around the town. We’ve waited for years for improvements and thankfully a few badly needed changes have happened together.

The Raheen Link Road has opened to traffic which will take some of the pressure off Church Street / Old Church Street and allow easy access to the Galway and Coshla Roads.

Work is continuing on replacing the Ennis Bridge at Prospect. I hope the result will be much safer for both pedestrians and motorists.

The new road layout at the Cemetery Cross is much safer and will reduce delays there. This is as a result of the creation of a cul-de-sac on the Pound Road and the opening of the new M6 access road.

Ring Road Construction Set to Start

The first phase of the Athenry Ring Road is set to start in the coming weeks when work begins at Newford on a new bridge over the Dublin to Galway railway. This will link the present M6 access route at Newford to the IDA lands across the railway at Ballygurrane. The road will continue into the IDA lands located opposite the Raheen Woods Hotel and will allow further Ring Road stages to be constructed, eventually linking the Monivea Road, Tuam Road, Moanbaun Road, Ballygurrane Road and the Galway Road / M6.

Athenry — Limerick Railway Opening in December

Work continues on the Westem Rail Corridor which will open in December. This is a little behind schedule but it will give us a top quality rail link with the Mid West and South and allow the people of South Galway to access Dublin by rail for the first time in decades.

One of the benefits to Athenry station is the improved disabled access measures for all passengers. At present we can see the lift shafts for a new over bridge which will allow everyone access to both platfonns. Up to now the metal footbridge has been the only crossing point which was difficult for many elderly passengers and those with buggies and small children.

We must now continue to press for a continuation of the re-opening of the line to Tuam and Claremorris which will then provide a meaningful rail link along the west coast.

I have worked hard over the past number of years both at the Community and County Council levels to raise the awareness of the needs of Athenry in relation to transport. The case for the Ring Road, the Westem Rail Corridor and believe it or not the junction on the M6 at Athenry had all to be argued and fought for month after month, year after year. It is never easy to get infrastructure improvements in the West but in these cases we have proven our case and I hope the rewards will be great for the whole area in the future.

This Article was first published in East Galway News and Views, September /October  2009

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Written by Peter Feeney

Published here 19 Apr 2024 and originally published September / October 2009

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