Deputy Michael Lowry has received a commitment from Minister Eamon Ryan on a Tipp town by-pass
‘A Good Day for Tipperary Town and it's time to give the town back to the people - Deputy Lowry
Deputy Michael Lowry has received a firm commitment from the Minister for Transport, Eamon Ryan TD., that a by-pass of Tipperary Town will be built in advance of the Motorway Link between Cahir and Limerick Junction.
Deputy Lowry told the Minister in the Dail today: "In March of this year you agreed with my expression that Tipperary town should be liberated from the scourge of traffic congestion. Where do you stand on this issue now? Will funding be provided for this project? Will a by-pass of Tipperary Town be built? Can you publicly reiterate that the people of Tipperary Town can look forward to clean air and freedom from fumes?
"The time for talking about freeing this town from chaotic congestion and poisonous pollution is over. The time for sympathising with the people who are subjected to these conditions has come and gone. The time for rhetoric has passed. It is now time to tackle this problem with decisive action," stated the Tipperary Deputy.
Minister Eamon Ryan
In response to Deputy Lowry, Minister Ryan replied: "What I have often said to Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII), will say again and am glad to put on the record here in the Dail, that in looking at the upgrade from the Cahir to Limerick Junction roadway, which is what they have been commissioned to do, we should look at the option and should proceed with a by-pass of Tipp town first and foremost, which could, as the road is later developed, be part of a wider upgrade of the road. But, first things first, rescue Tipp Town from the excess domination that through traffic, particularly heavy freight, provides through it.
"I think it’s a perfect example of what we can do with a smaller Budget allocation, get a bigger return in terms of advancing that ‘Town Centre First’ policy. It’s perfect in terms of Balanced Regional Development, it helps Compact Development, it helps Low Carbon Development, which are the centre-points of our Transport Strategy. I think, as we do that, Tipperary Council have a perfect opportunity to really transform the centre of the town, to take as much through traffic out as possible, to re-improve the public realm.
"What we’ve seen in towns where we’ve done that, such as Clonakilty, are incredibly thriving towns, in part, because they took the through traffic out, they put pedestrianization in.
"We can do the same in Tipperary town. That’s what I’ll be saying to TII – allocate, make sure we get the design of that right, we get that built first. That is priority roads investment’
Deputy Lowry responded by saying: "I welcome the Minister’s commitment to this. I have to acknowledge that the Minister, from the time that I made a proposal to him and to this House, that Tipperary town by-pass would be prioritised and would be the start of any project on the N24 makes sense. I am glad that the Minister still agrees with that proposal and I welcome the fact that he has informed the TII of his priority in that regard. I think that today’s commitment by the Minister is a good day for Tipperary town and I think, really think, that it’s time to give Tipperary town back to the people of the town."
Deputy Michael Lowry
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