Tipperary is a step closer to removing town centre traffic thanks to Department of Transport funding boost

inac funding by the Department of Transport for the Traffic Management Project in Tipperary Town

inac funding by the Department of Transport for the Traffic Management Project in Tipperary Town

Tipperary IRD /Chamber of Commerce has welcomed the recent announcement of the provision of funding by the Department of Transport for the Traffic Management Project in Tipperary Town.

This major project will be phased in over three to four years and is intended to result in the removal of heavy traffic from the main thoroughfare. It seems unlikely that the N24 Realignment Project will be completed in the near future, so the Traffic Management project is most welcome as it will assist Tipperary Town in becoming a cleaner, safer and friendlier environment in which to live and work and to visit.

“This project shows what can be done by a small group of hard working people,” said Shane Kelly, Chairman of TIRD Chamber of Commerce. Members of the chamber have been involved with the government decentralisation committee for 13 Years, which culminated in the opening of the new offices Rosanna road in October 2012 and have moved on to the N24 Bypass project. This committee has worked hard and last week’s announcement has shown how effective a small but focused team can be.”

The N24 bypass committee, Christy Kinahan (Chairman), Tim Ryan, Ken Kingston, Billy Bourke, Ruaidhri Devitt, Jacqui Finnan, Anna Tuohy Halligan worked closely with Deputy Tom Hayes to bring this project to fruition.

The Chairman, Christy Kinahan expressed his delight at the announcement and looks forward to a time when the heavy traffic is removed from Tipperary’s main street.

The TIRD Chamber of Commerce and the N24 bypass committee acknowledged the enormous support of Deputy Tom Hayes leading to the success in securing this funding.

Mr. Aidan Finn, Engineer for Tipperary Town Area outlined what exactly the funding will be used for and the advantages.

“The funding announced is for the construction of the Link Road from the Dunnes Roundabout to the Emly Road.

“The overall project benefits would be the reduction of traffic on the Main Street by approximately 70%, making the centre of the town a more attractive place to visit and to shop in, it will also aid in the free flow of traffic through town and improve general traffic and pedestrian safety.”

The Council will now develop detailed design drawings to enable Public Consultation on the project with a view to commencing work in the summer.