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Transport Minister Paschal Donohoe has made it clear the Western Rail Corridor will not be extended and calls have now been made on Galway county councillors to develop plans for a greenway on the disused railway route.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny, TD, has welcomed the allocation of €19,109,576 to Mayo County Council under the 2015 National
Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Michael Ring this week warmly welcomed the announcement by the National Roads Authority that further road works will take place on the N59 Rossow Bends at Kilmeena, Westport. The N59 Rossow Bends scheme, between Newport and Westport, is 1.8km in length and continues from the N59 Kilbride Scheme which was completed 2012. The Rossow Bends section is part of the overall N59 Westport to Mulranny Road Improvement Scheme.
A Dublin MEP has been accused of “threatening progress” on a road she “does not travel regularly”, by raising questions about it in the European Parliament.
A Galway county councillor has called for a “positive review” of the country’s railway service, in particular the Western Rail Corridor, and not a “knee-jerk reaction”.
More than €2million will be spent on roads in the Mullingar area in 2014.
Cllr John Dolan is frustrated at the lack of investment planned for the N55 and the N62 roads in the south of the county.
A Charlestown county councillor has hit back at claims he is ‘anti-jobs’ because he will not support a greenway cycle route along a section of the currently disused Western Rail Corridor.
The campaign to reopen the railway track linking Claremorris to Sligo in the north and Galway and Limerick in the south has run out of steam and should give way to proposals for a greenway route along the track instead.
Minister of State for Tourism and Sport in the Department of Transport Michael Ring has welcomed the news that almost €17 million will be spent on national roads in Mayo next year. Minister Ring said: “Significant amounts of money have been allocated to different roads in County Mayo. I welcome this funding. The N5 Westport to Turlough road has been allocated €800,000. The N59 Westport to Mulranny has been allocated €3.5 million. This considerable level of funding is to be warmly welcomed for works which are urgently required on those roads”