Chamber Pressing Government & NRA for N17 Motorway Upgrade

February 26, 2012

N17-N18 Tuam-Gort MotorwayClaremorris Chamber is pressing the Government and National Roads Authority to use the same funding formula that got the N7-N11 Arklow-Newlands Cross motorway started, to be used for funding the N17-N18 Tuam-Gort motorway.

A €100m PPP involving the Government, European Investment Bank and Bank of Ireland means the new N7-N11 Arklow-Newlands Cross road will be open by 2014.

If the NRA can work up a similar PPP for the N17-N18 Tuam-Gort, there’s a good chance it could be finished by 2017. The Chamber can then push hard for the much shorter new stretch from Claremorris to Milltown to be prioritised.

The NRA, though strapped for cash itself, wants to get the N17-N18 Tuam-Gort built sooner rather than later. It says the construction will be cash-positive for the Exchequer from 2013-2016 and it intends to put that case to Transport Minister Leo Varadkar once it proves that project funding is available. The indications are that the preparatory work on the private financing will be done towards the end of this year.

The new, 57-km N17-N18 Tuam-Gort road, which will meet the Tuam bypass south of Milltown, is part of the ‘Atlantic Corridor’ between Letterkenny and Waterford. For connectivity, it’s as important as our high-speed, fibre-optic Metro MAN in making Claremorris a hotspot for investment.

The N17-N18 Tuam-Gort, which is to be done via PPP, stalled when the recession began and private funding dried up. But important steps have already been taken and more are planned, which we hope will get the project started before long. The statutory approval is in place and a preferred bidder picked to build and manage the road. Outstanding is the funding. That’s what we’re chasing.

We’ll keep you posted.

Clare Lake Forest Greenway aka Land of Giants – Walk of Month

February 8, 2012

Mayo News has named the Clare Lake Forest Greenway OUTDOORS Walk of the month.  A trail with a Giant Twist is how the walk is described by Cathleen Fergus who visited Claremorris this month.  Welcome to the Land of the Giants, the Forest Walk extension to the Clare Lake Walk in Claremorris.

Mayo has so many wonderful looped walks but The Land of the Giants is a first for Ireland, its handcrafted wood features guiding you around the 4.5 km route. It’s family, buggy, bike and wheelchair friendly and with a flat terrain, is a walk for all.

For more details on this fantastic walk Mayo News Story on Clare Lake Forest Greenwayland of giants chair

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