Report on new bypass route imminent

Aileen Hahesy

Aileen Hahesy

The report on the controversial new proposed Carrick-on-Suir Bypass route corridor that was due to be presented to South Tipperary Co. Council last month, is not yet finalised, the Council’s July meeting was informed.

The Council’s Director of Roads Services Pat Slattery said it had been hoped to have the report ready to present to the Council at its June meeting but its completion was delayed.

However, he believed its completion was imminent.

After the report is presented to South Tipperary Co. Council, it will then be forwarded to the National Roads Authority for approval.

A high profile campaign of opposition has been mounted by residents and landowners along the new proposed preferred route corrider for the Carrick-on-Suir Bypass.

Seven hundred submissions were lodged to the Co. Council during the public consultation process on the new proposed route.

And the route change has attracted a lot of opposition among county councillors.

A motion requesting the Council to call on the NRA to abandon the new preferred route was approved at the Co. Council’s April meeting where the anger of residents, landowners and business interests opposed to the new route corridor was highlighted by councillors from the Carrick-on-Suir area.

The original route corrider for the bypass selected in 2003 was closer to Carrick-on-Suir and at the time it was selected, the Carrick-on-Suir Bypass was to be a single carriageway road.

But in 2008, the National Roads Authority carried out a review of the bypass project and decided a dual carriageway was required and that a new preferred route corridor should be selected.

The new preferred route corridor being proposed by the Co. Council replicates the old one along substantial sections of the western half of the scheme but bypasses Carrick-on-Suir on a wider arc to the north of the town and extends into Co. Kilkenny, which the previous preferred route corridor didn’t.

The route would pass Ballydine Crossroads and Ballinderry, gradually turning northeastwards between Deerpark and Ballynagrana to avoid the built up areas of Carrick-on-Suir. It would then cross the R696, the Glen river, the R696 and the Linguan river in turn as it passes north of the town. The route would finally turn back eastwards to join with the existing N24 east of Carrick-on-Suir.