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"N24 Improvements not ruled out"- Cllr Andy Moloney

The last meeting of the current council ended in great debate when Cllr Andy Moloney tabled a motion about the N24 update and road improvements at Ballydrehid and Toureen.

The Cahir Area councillor looked for the N24 to be kept as a priority when the new council is formed and an update to the meeting was positive when the director replied that for the purpose of advancing the upgrade the N24, the N24 has been divided into 2 projects ie Waterford to Cahir and Cahir to Monard. The first step in this process to complete, and seek approval to, the Project Appraisal Plan (PAP)for both projects.

Both these plans have been prepared and approved by Transport Infrastructure Ireland and subsequently the strategic research and analysis division of the department of transport tourism and sport.

This will now allow for the procurement of consultants for both sections,and to progress this Tipperary CoCo is now in the process of preparing section 85 agreements with both Kilkenny CoCo and Limerick CoCo, where Tipperary coco will be the Lead Authority for the Cahir to Monard section and Kilkenny CoCo will Be the lead authority for the Waterford to Cahir section.

Tipperary coco have written to Transport infrastructure Ireland seeking approval to appoint consultants to progress the Cahir to Monard project.

Cllr Moloney also informed the meeting that the proposal to upgrade the limerick-Cork/ Cork to Waterford route was costing €800m more and now the limerick to Cork action group have said that Limerick to Waterford was a more favorable route.

This would make more sense as it would bypass the towns of Tipperary and Carrick and end the misery that these towns have had to endure with serious traffic volumes for years.

Moloney was also informed that no decision has been made yet on the preferred route and members of Tipp CoCo were on the steering committee and were not giving upon the fight for an N24 upgrade but either way, they were ready to go and design in place.

Cllr Moloney then asked for a tweek in the design to allow car pooling parking at interchanges along any proposed new motorway and with brexit still looming we need to keep Tipperary and the West at an economical advantage with such a motorway between limerick and Rosalare.

The councillor said he hoped to be returned in June to the new council to continue the progress made in recent years.