LIMERICK County Council has expressed disappointment with An Bord Pleanála’s decision to refuse permission for the proposed N21 Adare bypass.
The agency electd to reject the proposed bypass to the south of the town, quoting “ongoing uncertainty” in relation to the proposed M20 Cork to Limerick motorway project.
That motorway project was withdrawn from the planning agency following a Government direction in November of last year.
The Adare bypass project had proposed that 8.5km of dual carriageway and associated side roads would link the N21 National Primary Route to the M20/N20 National Primary Route through county Limerick.
Expressing disappointment in the decision to refuse permission for the project, the local authority said it would be “reviewing the decision in the coming weeks and will also be discussing the matter with the National Roads Authority”.
Tim Fitzgerald, senior engineer, stated: “A bypass of Adare has been an objective of Limerick County Council for many years”.
“The provision of this vital infrastructural project would remove a major bottleneck on the National Primary Road Network, thereby improving economic efficiency and journey time reliability for approximately 15,425 vehicles per day, improve safety for all road users, divert through traffic away from the town centre, and further improve the local town environment for residents, commercial businesses and tourism,” he explained.
“The decision by An Bord Pleanala to refuse the approval of the Scheme is therefore very disappointing for Limerick County Council,” continued Mr Fitzgerald.
“It means that approximately 10,000 vehicles per day, that would have used a bypass, will continue to have to needlessly traverse the town of Adare for the foreseeable future resulting in the delays and tailbacks experienced by the N21 motorists on a near daily basis. It is disappointing that Limerick County Council and the Landowners affected along the route have had to wait over two and half years from the application date to get a decision.
“Limerick County Council will now review the decision and will be in discussion with the National Roads Authority in relation to this decision,” he added.