Local Roads To Feature Heavily At Thurles Templemore MD Today

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Issues relating to roads will form a major portion of the Thurles Templemore Municipal District Meeting next Monday.

The 9 councillors are asked to agree on three priority national roads items for the annual meeting with Transport Infrastructure Ireland(TII) – the agency  has responsibility for National Routes such as the N62 and N75 that intersect in Liberty Square, Thurles.

The three motions on the Agenda all relate to road issues – Cllr Seamus Hanafin wants a meeting with Management from Roads Capital Section in the Tipperary Council and the Safety Officer of Tll, to discuss safety issues on national and secondary roads in Thurles and all approach roads to Thurles. Councillor J. Ryan wants the District Council to request a meeting with the Minister for Transport to make the case for the inclusion of the Thurles Eastern By Pass project  in the current National Development Plan – this would secure funding to develop a design, acquire planning, purchase land and construct the road. A provisional route was agreed in 2014.

Cllr Jim Ryan also submitted a motion calling on the District Council to carry out a safety and traffic survey on Butler, lona and lnnisfallen Avenues in Thurles due to the huge number of traffic that use this road on a daily basis saying residents have requested action to be taken to slow down traffic along this road on health and safety grounds. Council officials say that detailed surveys were carried out and recommendations including traffic calming, footpath enhancements, reduction in speed limits to 30kph on Butler, lona and lnnisfallen Avenue along with numerous other strategic measures for the wider town are included in the current draft Local Transport Plan for the town. Once the plan is approved work can begin on implementation.