Tipp to hand its shopping list to Minister Shane Ross today

Minister to hear about poor roads and Tipp by-pass

Tipp to hand its shopping list to Minister Shane Ross today
Eamon Laceyelacey@nationalist.ie@thenationalist

The urgent need for government approval for a by-pass of Tipperary town is to be driven home to Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross, when he visits the town on Thursday.

The chronic traffic congestion in Tipperary town will be witnessed by Minister Ross during the visit.

During the visit councillors and officials will also present him with a shopping list for countywide road repairs.

Pressure will be exerted on him by the busines scommunity in Tipp town to give the green light for a much needed by-pass.

During the visit, arranged by Deputy Mattie McGrath, Minister Ross is also expected to inspect works being carried out on Ardfinan Bridge and discuss a significant deficit in funding for roads in the county with Tipperary County Council in Clonmel.

“Tipperary is crying out for a by- pass for twenty years. Business people, residents and motorists have endured enough and it is now long past the time for action”, insisted Deputy McGrath.

Minister Ross will also visit Ardfinnan to examine repair work being carried out on the bridge which has been reduced to one way traffic for almost a year and more funding is needed to complete the job.

“The one way system on the bridge is causing bedlam in the village. €60,000 has been spent and more money is needed now to progress with the work,” said Deputy McGrath.

Earlier this month members of Tipperary County Council called on Minister Ross to meet a deputation to discuss a deficit in roads funding.

He refused to meet the deputation but following the intervention of Deputy McGrath, that meeting will take place this Thursday in the civic offices in Clonmel

The deputation, consisting of Oireachtas members, county councillors and officials, will seek additional funding from Minister Ross and point out the drastic impact on road infrastructure in the county as a result of a significant reduction in funding since 2007.

Since then restoration maintenance allocations for regional and local roads in the county has fallen from €4.7m to €2.4m.

Restoration improvement allocations for regional and local roads in the county has fallen from €13.6m to €8.6m.