Fianna Fáil TD for Galway West Éamon Ó Cuív has once again emphasised the need for a route to be selected for the R336 so that the six proposed routes cannot continue to be used to block planning in South Connemara
Work began on the R336 over ten years ago and good progress was made in the early years, with a number of possible routes being selected. However, the project has been effectively stalled for the past eight years leading to frustration among locals and commuters.
Deputy Ó Cuív commented, “The lack of progress on this project has led to a range of issues for local people. There are families in south Connemara who have applied for planning permission who cannot get it approved because a preferred route for the R336 remains up in the air. This is not only a source of great frustration; it is also inhibiting natural development in the south Connemara area.
“Many of the routes that are being considered have no real possibility of ever being built and it is now time that Galway County Council decides on a preferred route and proceeds with the planning process on this option. The project could be built in conjunction with the Galway city ring road.
“The status quo cannot continue – there is major congestion along the R336 every morning and every evening. The current route has the highest number of entrances along any road in the entire country. A new road is of vital for the social and economic development of the south Connemara area, and is particularly important for commuters.
“I raised the matter recently with Galway County Council, and its Director of Services confirmed that he agrees with me on the need to move this issue forward. He also said that is was not in anybody’s interest to have so many possible routes identified. He informed me that he was looking at how best to bring this matter forward and I will be pressing that as speedy decision is made.
“With the recovery in the economy, the “do-nothing” scenario is a non-starter. What we now need is urgent action.