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Thurles Bypass Plans Go On Display

Thurles people are strongly urged to engage with the consultation process for the planned route selection for the N62 Thurles Bypass which were on display to the public in the Anner Hotel yesterday from 2pm-8pm.

“A full study has been completed and five potential routes have now been identified by the National Roads Authority (NRA) as options for the bypass”, stated Co. Councillor John Kennedy , who attended yesterdays display .

When the Public display in the Anner Hotel ended, the plans for the suggested route corridors went on display in the Source Library, the Thurles Town Council Offices in Thurles and the County Council Offices in Nenagh and will remain there until Wednesday the 14th of October.

Note: The deadline for all submissions is the 16th of October next.

North Tipp Co.Councillor Mr John Kennedy

North Tipp Co.Councillor Mr John Kennedy

The Thurles bypass is one of only two NRA capital projects presently being funded in the country, the other project being the Castleisland Bypass, Co.Kerry, which has not yet been started. All other projects nationwide have been temporarily frozen because of the country’s economic difficulties.

Meanwhile work will begin shortly on other road developments in the area with the final phase of a €2.5 million road improvements package, to deal with the badly needed resurfacing of the Holycross/Beakstown/Thurles road, which is expected to begin this coming weekend.

Parnell Street To Become One-Way

Still on road matters, some Thurles councillors are outraged that the Town Council has decided to progress with their controversial traffic management plan.

Thurles Area County Councillors were informed at a recent meeting that the council is going ahead with a one-way system on the west side of Liberty Square. This plan will now make Parnell Street one-way only and divert all traffic, including heavy goods vehicles, from the Nenagh Road onto Cuchulainn Road.

The Town Clerk, Mr.Michael Ryan, stated, that in the interests of safety, a two-week trial of this proposed plan will take place during the mid term school break next month and following this, a final decision would be made. Gardai have been pushing for this one way system, in an effort to speed up the constant early morning and mid afternoon traffic jams, caused mainly by excess traffic on school runs. Alternative plans, to limit parking on Parnell Street, have been shelved and are viewed by many local residents as completely unworkable.

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