BIG READ: 'We need this bypass for our town's survival,' say local Tipperary residents

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Traffic congestion through Tipperary Town

At a presentation last week by the Joint Committee on Transport and Communications to Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan, Tipperary TD Michael Lowry requested that a bypass of Tipperary Town be urgently included as a standalone project in the review of the National Development Plan.

In response, Minister Ryan acknowledged that Tipperary Town suffers from heavy volumes of freight traffic and high commercial vacancy rates.

The Minister also spoke of the urgent need to rescue the town from the traffic as soon as possible.

‘FIRST PRIORITY’

He went on to say that “you could put in a bypass of Tipperary Town as a first priority” in the overall delivery of the N24 between Cahir to Limerick Junction.

March4Tipp, Tipperary Town Chamber and Jobs4Tipp have issued a statement to say that they welcome Deputy Lowry’s proposal and the Ministers endorsement, that the section around Tipperary Town should be the first element of the N24 realignment to be delivered as part of the Cahir to Limerick Junction works.

The statement says that “this could be a major game changer for Tipp Town”.

“It means that the long fought for Ring Road could be realised as the section of the bypass that would eventually become part of the larger N24 realignment.

DELIVERY

“It means that Tipperary Town could get a bypass of the town prior to the delivery of the whole N24 realignment,” the statement said.

At the presentation by the Joint Committee on Transport and Communications, Minster Ryan went on to say: “Maybe the best thing we can do is to pick particular black spots (like Tipperary Town)...to rescue the town from the traffic as quickly as we can.

“Getting to the likes of Tipperary Town quickly would be my priority.”

A further meeting took place between the five Oireachtas members and Minister Eamon Ryan where the Minister and the Tipperary TDs discussed the urgent need to address the issues of traffic in Tipperary Town.

SUPPORT

March4Tipp hopes that all Tipperary TDs will vigorously support Deputy Lowry’s proposal and work together to deliver on their pre-election promise of a Ring Road/bypass for Tipperary.

A meeting is due to follow very shortly between the Minister and Tipperary County Council and the three groups say that they will be closely monitoring Tipperary County Council’s response.

The statement from the three groups added: “We expect the council to support Deputy Lowry’s proposal to prioritise the N24 realignment section around Tipperary Town as it is by far the worst affected area along the N24 Cahir to Waterford route.

“Our three groups have already had a very successful meeting with the Minister, (organised by Deputy Mattie McGrath).

“The Minister listened carefully to the impact the N24 traffic is having on the community and acknowledged the many issues that face the town as a direct result of the traffic congestion.

“Issues such as the increase in HGVs to Rosslare, the impact of noise and air pollution upon people’s health, the inability to deliver sustainable forms of transport (walking, cycling) and the extremely worrying high commercial vacancy levels in our town centre, were all discussed with the Minister in light of the Governments Town Centre First Policy.”

NO MORE N24

The three groups also met with the Minister for Finance Michael McGrath, which was organised by Fianna Fáil Tipperary TD Jackie Cahill - and the Minister agreed to financially support the bypass if it were to be included in the National Development Plan.

The three groups concluded their statement with the following slogan #NoMoreN24.

The statement added: “We need this bypass for our town’s survival - our campaign continues.”