Senator Frank Feighan has said that the N5 Scramogue-Ballaghaderreen road upgrade, which got the ‘green light’ recently, will deliver significant benefits on a number of fronts.
“The decision by An Bord Pleanala to give planning permission to the N5 Scramogue to Ballaghaderreen road scheme is a critical milestone for this long-awaited project.
“The construction of almost 35 kilometres of new carriageway along with the realignment of nearly 15 kilometres of existing roads will bring many benefits, not least from a safety point of view.
“As the An Bord Pleanala Inspector noted in his report, numerous sections of the existing route have a collision rate above or twice above the national average rate. He said that over the period from 1996 to 2012, there have been eleven fatalities and an estimated 689 injuries along the relevant section”.
Senator Feighan said that in addition to the safety element, the road upgrade will also reduce the cost of travel for business and tourism and thereby improve competitiveness.
“The Inspector also pointed out that the proposed development would also have potentially significant positive effects on cultural heritage by the removal of substantial levels of traffic along the N5. This would assist in improving the setting and context of the Rathcroghan archaeological complex”.