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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Action needed on Local Roads

Fine Gael’s Dr. Liam Twomey has outlined the importance of Wexford’s roads to the recovery of the economy. “The local roads should be our first priority as people’s cars are getting destroyed due to the huge potholes. These roads are important not only to local businesses in our towns and villages but also to everyone in the community such as elderly people going in and out for their pensions and to their GP or to the hospital. It is also affecting our children going to school every day.”

“Our second priority should be the New Ross and Enniscorthy bypasses. They should not be put on hold pending the 2015/16 Budget. Good access across the county is vital to the regrowth of our economy in County Wexford, the South East and the rest of the country and despite Fianna Fail’s claims, we do not need 800 million euros up front as they would be built under a Public Private Partnership, which would actually cost 30 million euros per year.”

Dr. Twomey pointed out that the Enniscorthy route was selected in 2001and even though we had the Celtic Tiger years, the bypass still has not being built. “So, being realistic I do not believe that the Oylegate / Rosslare bypass will be built. Traffic does not stop between Oylegate and Kilrane but Enniscorthy and New Ross are traffic bottlenecks and therefore these bypasses should be our priority.”

Dr. Twomey added, “Wexford has had a raw deal: we have lost our rail link to Limerick and Waterford and the likelihood of a university in Waterford is very slim. With the New Ross and Enniscorthy bypasses, Wexford with Rosslare Europort would be seen as the hub for transporting goods to and from Europe and this would be good for the future of Wexford and this country.”

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