NRA refuses council request to activate third bypass plan
on 24/09/2013 00:00:00
The council previously drew up bypass plans in 2005 and 2009.
The first plan for a bypass to the north of the village was dropped due to the development by the NRA of a new road network between Limerick and Adare. And last year, the 2009 proposal for a bypass to the south of the village was rejected by An Bord Pleanála.
Last April, the council asked the NRA for permission to appoint consultants to re-activate the planning and design of the scheme.
However, the monthly meeting of Limerick County Council was informed yesterday that this request has been turned down.
In a letter to the council, the NRA stated: "Unfortunately, the fiscal situation that pertains restricts the NRA from progressing many good schemes that exist around the country, such as the N21 Adare bypass, through the planning and design stages. Given, the recent rejection of the preferred (bypass) route by An Bord Pleanála, the authority accepts the view that the process needs to revert back to route selection in due course...."
Paul Crowe, Limerick County Council director of planning, told the meeting the position outlined by the NRA was most disappointing, given the frequency of traffic delay and disruption on the N21 at Adare.
He said: "In the meantime, the council will seek NRA support in examining what, if any, short to medium term measures can be brought forward to address the congestion issue."
A huge tract of land on the proposed southern bypass corridor has been "sanitised", preventing any development or sale of this property, but the council now plans to lift restrictions on use of this land.
Cllr Patrick Fitzgerald (Ind) said: "It now seems it will be years before anything is done to bypass Adare and the village will continue on the national airwaves at weekends when there are long tailbacks there."