Concerns over N55 Ballymahon junction

Aisling Kiernan

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A number of concerns have been raised about the N55 junction in Ballymahon.

The concerns were made by Cllr Pat O'Toole during a meeting of Ballymahon Municipal District which took place at the library in Lanesboro.

In his notice of motion, Cllr O’Toole said that following on from Longford Co Council’s meeting with Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) last November when the two main junctions on the N55 - Nally’s Corner and the Athlone Road - were discussed in great detail, serious concerns were being raised into the possibility that both junctions are to be controlled by lights.

“If these measures are carried out absolutely right, they will be in place for the next 20 years,” Cllr O’Toole told those gathered.

“The scope is there to do it right; the problem is that in Ballymahon, people go right down to the Athlone Road junction to turn back into traffic and that is why the measures proposed need to be taken in the town,” he added.

“It has become very dangerous and is causing traffic congestion.”

Meanwhile, Cllr Mick Cahill (FF) said the situation with traffic in the town at the moment was “dreadful”.

“At the end of the day, the N55 is a national route and something needs to be done there.”

Area engineer, Alan Slattery then indicated that Longford Co Council had engaged a number of engineers to carry out a detailed assessment of the N55 including in Ballymahon.

“That assessment is ongoing at the moment and I will get back to you when we have a more detailed report in respect of the matter,” Mr Slattery concluded.

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