Minister for Transport, Eamon Ryan, has agreed with Deputy Michael Lowry at a meeting of the Oireachtas Transport Committee yesterday that Tipperary Town “should be liberated from the scourge of traffic”. The Minister acknowledged that constructing a short by-pass of the town itself, ahead of any planned major works on the road between Cahir and Limerick Junction, would provide a solution.
‘First Towns Strategy’
Minister Ryan saif that the provision of a 6 km – 7 km stretch of roadway, that would form a by-pass of Tipperary Town, should be a priority. “This is an example of where we should prioritise our ‘First Towns Strategy'”, said the Minister He added that the short by-pass of the town could fit in if there is a future upgrade to the Cahir to Limerick Junction road.
Transport Infrastructure Ireland are currently studying the potential for a solution to the unpredictable journey times and road safety issues on the route between Water ford and Limerick. All Tipperary Oireachtas members are due to have a meeting with the Transport Minister on Friday next.