Claremorris Chamber of Commerce members have expressed their delight at the decision by Government, in its stimulus package, to give the go-ahead for the M17-M18 Tuam-Gort motorway.
According to a chamber spokesperson: “This is critical infrastructure - vital to our town and region. Work could start as early as next year and should take about three years.”
The motorway will begin about 10 miles south of Claremorris and will cut the journey time to Galway in half. Representatives of the chamber have met Transport Minister Leo Varadkar to discuss the detail and to lobby him to sanction the next phase of the motorway, from Milltown to Claremorris.
“It's too soon to say when money will be available. However, we will continue to lobby hard for the next phase, as we have successfully done for this one. The road approved this week adds to the attractiveness of Claremorris as a place to do business. It's yet another resource to add to the stockpile we have, including industrial-grade electricity, broadband and natural gas connectivity. Claremorris now offers industry 110kV power supplies, 156Mb broadband speeds, and connectivity to Corrib when it comes on stream,” the spokesperson concluded.