Sunday 20 October 2019

Councillors criticise road closure times for M1 repairs

Two local councillors have criticised the proposed closing times for re-surfacing works that are due to take place on the M1 Motorway between Drogheda and Dundalk over a ten week period.

Cllr John McGahon said 'Louth County Council have given notice of its intention to close the M1 motorway from Junction 10 (Drogheda North, Navan) to Junction 18 (Dundalk South, Ballymascanlon) at night time over a 10 week period from September 9th to November 16th to facilitate the Celtic Roads Group to carry out pavement works.'

Noting that the proposed times of closure are between 7.30pm and 6.30am, he said 'I have spent the last six years commuting to work in Dublin alongside hundreds of others from Dundalk and County Louth and I think the proposed times are unfair. The 7.30pm should be extended to 9.00pm and the 6.30am should be 5.30am. This would allow much more flexibility for commuters who leave early and get home late.'

He remarked that most people leave Dublin between 5.30pm and 6.30pm so if Louth County Council agreed to putting the time back to 9pm, it would save a lot of Louth commuters trouble getting home.

'I also felt there was little time or notice given. I was made aware of this road closure through reports in the media on August 7th and the deadline for observations is Tuesday 13th and they have to be in writing as opposed to email.

'I will be making an observation and I would encourage anyone who is a regular commuter to do the same.

Cllr Conor Keelan commented on Facebook: 'While in theory the closure of the M1 motorway from Junction 10 to Junction 18 over a 10 week period at night-time to accommodate pavement works is being done to have the least impact on commuters it will particularly on shift workers who will be forced to travel earlier.

'As a local authority while we want these works to be done we should not be inconveniencing people ordinarily. Furthermore the process under which submissions can be received (stated in writing in a marked envelope to a Staff Member) is inordinarily cumbersome and restrictive. Indeed it is designed in a manner to almost receive no complaints.'

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