A vital link on what is fast becoming one of the country’s most popular tourist attractions - the Wild Atlantic Way - is in a ‘desperate state of disrepair’ and in such urgent need of upgrading as to be deemed unsafe for visitors and locals alike by one county councillor.
Independent West Mayo representative, Cllr Michael Holmes, is calling on the Government to make funding available immediately for extensive works along a 20-kilometre stretch of the road between Currane and Achill.
Traffic levels on the road, which overlooks some of the most breathtaking scenery on the western seaboard, have soared since the launch of Ireland’s much celebrated long distance tourism driving route - the Wild Atlantic Way
“This 20 kilometre section of road forms a vital link in one of the most important tourist trails in the country,” said Cllr Holmes.
“It lies in the middle of the route and its spectacular views of Clew Bay provide some of the most breathtaking scenery along the way. This has certainly brought extra traffic to the road over the past number of months.
“Equally, the people of Currane have to use the road on a daily basis, travelling in the direction of either Mulranny or Achill,” he added.
Cllr Holmes says the road in its current state is unsafe for locals and tourists alike.
“This road has not received a fraction of the funding it needs to bring it up to the level required to service this increasingly busy route,” he outlined.
“It badly needs repairs as well as the inclusion of suitable lay-bys and viewing points, where tourists can pull in safely to appreciate the beauty of the area.
“I will be calling on the Government to release funding immediately to carry out the extensive work required to make this road safe and convenient for all users.”