AN Bord Pleanála's decision to refuse permission for the proposed N21 Adare bypass is a massive blow to Kerry and West Limerick and will do nothing to enhance Kerry's already struggling economy, a north Kerry TD has warned
Deputy Martin Ferris (right) said the decision last week to scrap plans for the byass is very disappointing and is a major setback for businesses, tourism and anyone who travels in and out of Kerry on a frequent basis.
"Adare is a severe bottleneck for traffic travelling to and from this county and is badly in need of a bypass. I believe that anything up to 10,000 cars have to pass through the town on a daily basis," he said. "Anyone travelling from Dublin to Kerry will tell you that it is great until you reach Adare where you are often met with extremely long and frustrating tailbacks. It is often the same on the Kerry side." Limerick County Council has also expressed its disappointment, but insist it will review the decision in the coming weeks and will also be discussing the matter with the National Roads Authority (NRA).
The agency decided to reject the proposed bypass to the south of the town because of ongoing uncertainty in relation to the proposed M20 Cork to Limerick Motorway project, which was withdrawn from An Bord Pleanala following a Government direction last November.
It was proposed that 8.5 kilometres of dual carriageway would link the N21 National Primary Route to the M20/ N20 National Primary Route. Limerick County Council senior engineer Tim Fitzgerald said that the provision of this vital infrastructural project would remove a major bottleneck, thereby improving economic efficiency and journey time reliability for approximately 15,425 vehicles per day.