Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Transport Timmy Dooley has said it is extremely disappointing that the Government is refusing to allow the proposed Cork-Limerick motorway to proceed to the planning stage.
Deputy Dooley said: “There is a serious case to be made for proceeding with this important project. The Cork-Limerick motorway would have a major economic impact, shorten journey times and improve road safety. The fact is it is in the long-term economic interests of the region and public safety to proceed. Tender prices would also be extremely favourable and the government’s borrowing rate is extremely low.
“If we invest in the long-term for the south-west we will reap the benefits for years to come.
“As well as the economic case for the motorway, there is strong public safety argument for the new road. At the moment many large vehicles are going through towns including Mallow, Charleville, and Buttevant and there have been many collisions over the years. This new orbital route is needed.
“The motorway network has been hugely beneficial to the economy and this new motorway is needed to reduce transport time and the positive impact it will have will see it ultimately pay for itself over time. I am urging the government to reconsider and allow this important piece of infrastructure to proceed to the planning stage and I will be raising this with Transport Minister Paschal Donohoe. Preventing the project from going ahead is simply short-sighted in my view.”