Fianna Fáil TD for Galway West Éamon Ó Cuív has called on Mayo County Council to devise a strategic road plan for south Mayo to accommodate the high volumes of industrial traffic passing through the region.  A number of heavy duty businesses operate out of the area, which is leading to congestion and surfacing problems on the main roads.

Deputy Ó Cuív commented, “While there has been some investment in the roads infrastructure in Mayo, I along with Fianna Fáil Councillors Damien Ryan and Mary Hoade have been pressing Mayo County Council to invest further in the road network.  Major industries like McGrath’s Quarry in Cong, ECC in Cornamona and Jennings Meats in Ballinrobe are bringing heavy goods vehicles into the area and the infrastructure needs to be upgraded to cope with these large traffic volumes.  These businesses bring much needed revenue into the local economy but many of the roads are in need of upgrading to sustain the traffic passing through.

“Following consistent campaigning by local Fianna Fáil politicians, €2.5 million euro was invested in the N84 Ballinrobe to Shrule road; however there is a need for greater investment to improve this seriously deficient route. Work has also commenced on the fencing of the Galway section of the N84 between Headford and Clonboo, which is very deficient. The Council has already indicated that it will commence design work on the Clonbur to Cong road as well as the Cong to Cross road in 2015, and I am urging members to ensure that the design work is undertaken in a speedy manner so that the upgrades can be carried out when money becomes available

“I, along with Cllrs. Ryan and Hoade, believe that if appropriate plans are forthcoming, the funding will follow.  We will continue to emphasise the importance of taking a strategic approach to road upgrades in the area to ensure that all the main thoroughfares are improved to a satisfactory standard”.