Independent TD Mattie McGrath has called on the members of Tipperary Town Council to abandon a proposed Traffic Management Plan for the town which he says is unworkable and is already deeply resisted.
Councillors meet to discuss the issue on Monday night.
Deputy McGrath was speaking after wide engagement with concerned residents and business people in Tipperary Town who feel the proposed changes will have a seriously adverse effect:
“In 2009 I successfully persuaded the Department of Transport to allocate €550,000 to South Tipperary County Council Roads Section in order to complete the final design and preparatory works for the N24 Pallasgreen- Bansha bypass.
That work has been a great success. Tipperary Town now stands in equal need of a high quality bypass. What the Council are proposing however is a mere tinkering with the problems that currently exist and will in the end do nothing to alleviate the traffic management problems that are being experienced.
I am making direct demands on Minister Tom Hayes to deliver funding for a bypass of Tipperary Town along the model of the Cashel bypass which was effectively linked with the M8 Dublin-Cork route, and which the Minister will also remember I fought hard to see completed.
We need to stop proposing minor changes when a major road works scheme is what is called for. Half measures will only create more difficulties down the line as well as causing major inconvenience to local trade and safety problems for residents and drivers.
The people of Tipperary Town deserve better treatment that this and so it is way past time that this project which has been talked about for years was finally given the go-ahead,” concluded Deputy McGrath.