A DEPUTATION from Limerick County Council, including the cathaoirleach and chairs of the area committees, got a “good hearing from the NRA but there is very little funding”.
Paul Crowe, director of service, was speaking at transportation strategy policy committee meeting. The representatives went to Dublin with a shopping list of projects but Mr Crowe said the NRA’s funding for this year is €300m.
“They anticipate €230m to €250m for 2015 and €270m to €280m for 2016. To put that in context - at the height of the motorway projects it was €1.85b. They are effectively operating at a sixth of that.
“There are only going to be three major projects and one is the Foynes to Limerick scheme,” said Mr Crowe.
“The N20 Cork to Limerick was pulled by the minister. The Ahane bypass hasn’t gone anywhere following the refusal by An Bord Pleanala to approve it,” said Mr Crowe.
Three projects that are on a list are Beary’s Cross on the N24, O’Rourke’s Cross on the N20 and phase 2 of the Barna scheme.
“All three give or take cost €5m,” said Mr Crowe.
Cllr Brigid Teefy said Beary’s Cross is exceptionally busy and the project would solve a lot of problems. While Cllr Rose Brennan said Adare was crying out for a bypass.
Mr Crowe said this was recognised but there isn’t funding to go ahead at this point in time. Regarding an additional access from the M7 into the city, Mr Crowe said the NRA made it quite clear that they don’t see a need for it.
“They said it was an issue for local distribution of traffic. It is something we will have to pursue through other forms,” said Mr Crowe.
Cllr Tomas Hannon raised speeding into the roundabout from the western end of Mungret village and called for traffic calming. Mr Crowe said they have a long term plan to close that entrance and use Moore’s Road as a mini-bypass of the village.
“The council have bought land there and there are plans for schools that should move rapidly. We will look at those works in tandem with that,” said Mr Crowe.
Cllr Mike Donegan praised the recent works at O’Rourke’s Cross which have made it as safe as they possibly can.