Councillors in the Thurles Templemore Municipal District are to present details of local road issues for priority attention in the annual meeting with Transport Infrastructure Ireland(TII). The meeting will be held before the end of November.
Councillors are seeking progress on the delivery of a Thurles Bypass, safety improvements at Turtualla Cross on the south side of Thurles on the N62, safety improvements at the Tullaskeagh junction in Roscrea and on the N62 road to Templemore.
Councillors are seeking progress on the Thurles Bypass for safety reasons due to the high volume of Heavy Goods Vehicles(HGVs) passing through the town centre and the congestion caused by the volume of thru traffic in general.
TII will not be able make any progress on the issue as the Thurles Bypass is not included in the National Development Plan which is compiled by the Government. The annual meeting is intended to identify issues that can be acted on in the very short term. Cathaoirleach Sean Ryan says Thurles and Tipperary towns are the only two towns not bypassed and says such infrastructure is urgently needed.
Tipperary town Bypass is included in the N24 Cahir to Limerick Junction Road Project and is due to be submitted to An Bord Pleanála in 2025. Each of the five Municipal Districts in the county is asked to forward it’s top three priority road issues for the annual meeting.