A number of Galway West TDs are to meet with officials from Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) in a bid to solve an impasse over traffic calming measures proposed for the village of Clarenbridge.
Independent Deputy Noel Grealish said that he had sought the meeting, to be held on June 1, because the issue had dragged on too long and some of the safety works were long overdue.
“I’m hoping that the meeting will finally get things moving and unblock the impasse that has arisen due to disagreement locally with what the TII are proposing,” he said.
“The problem is that while everybody supports the safety measures planned for the Athenry Road junction with the N18, local people are unhappy with two other measures being planned.
“And the TII have essentially said that it’s all or nothing, they won't carry out the Athenry Road junction works and leave the other work.”
Deputy Grealish said that one of the points of contention was over the proposed removal of a traffic island, which local people are against because they feel it would make it more dangerous for drivers to turn right into Stradbally North.
The TII is also proposing to reduce the number off car parking spaces on Main Street — but this is being opposed on the basis that parking space is already limited and the move would hamper business in the village.
“What I can’t understand is why the TII can’t go ahead with the badly needed works to make safe the junction with the Athenry Road, which everyone agrees is badly needed.
“They have to listen to what people who are actually living in the area are saying, and local people are quite clearly opposed to the two other parts of the overall project, which they feel will have a negative impact.”
Deputy Grealish said he had sought a meeting with Transport Infrastructure Ireland to try and sort the situation out, and Kieran Kelly, TII Regional Manager for the West, has agreed to meet him and other TDs from Galway West to discuss the project,. The meeting on June 1 will also be attended by officials from Galway County Council.