Junction study not complete

The junction at St Mel's Cathedral. Photo: Michelle Ghee. www.gphotos.ie

The junction at St Mel's Cathedral. Photo: Michelle Ghee. www.gphotos.ie

A decision on the future of the St Mel’s Cathedral car park and the changes in the approach road to Longford town is still at consultation stage.

Members of Longford County Council heard that a feasibility study is being undertaken to examine all the options regarding the road layout at the busy town junction.

At present the NRA consider the Ballinalee Road as the main approach to the town, but traffic must wait at the Cathedral car park junction before progressing through the town.

This is one of the long running road plans in the county. Last April the overhaul of the busy Longford town junctions suffered a setback because the National Roads Authority has not got the money to fund the project.

Redesign works at the town’s St Mel’s Cathedral road Junction had previously been flagged as one of Longford Local Authorities’ key ventures in 2013. However last April a delegation of 12 local representatives to the NRA were told that the plans were put on hold.

At last week’s meeting of Longford County Council, Director of Services for the Infrastructural, Environmental and Emergency Services, Jack Kilgallen, said that the consultant has been given a brief to look at all the options. Mr Kilgallen said that the report will be examined and the extent of the work will be down to the NRA.

He said it is expected the consultants will provide up to three options, and added that a council committee and the NRA would then consider the options available before making a decision.




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