Government need to back port route
A public meeting took place this week to discuss the infrastructural issues in relation to the Northern Cross Route and how the project can best be delivered in the shortest possible time.
Fianna Fail councillor Tommy Byrne called the meeting and stated that with the 'proper will' in place, the expected timeframe of 10 years for the project can be halved.
The route will be 3km in length and is single lane with room for a dual carriageway. It will start at the roundabout at Killineer on the Drogheda/Dundalk road and go to the port.
€900,000 has already been allocated for it but that's just a 'pittance', the councillor states.
The road will open up some 628 acres in total and at present there's full planning permission for 7,000 homes. Some 2,100 will be built in the first phase, with 2,500 in phase 2 and 2,500 in the last phase.
'The road can be completed in the medium term if the government shows leadership in funding the road in phases. The levies can be collected from the developers and the road will he much faster. I think it is too important for the town's future to rely on it to be completed by developers,' Cllr Byrne added.
He also says it would take the huge amount of heavy vechicles presently driving through residential streets of the town.
He says he can't understand why the port route is not a 'priority' for government and is the crucial 'missing link' to allow the town to grow.
'The employment alone would be awesome and that's in addition to Drogheda United's new stadium there.'
He feels Louth CC are working hard on delivering the project but the 'stakeholders' - government, Drogheda Port and Irish Cement need to help fast track it.
The Fianna Fáil party Spokesperson on Transport, Robert Troy TD, was also invited to be a guest speaker.