N5 upgrade needed urgently

Fianna Fáil Deputy for Mayo Lisa Chambers has expressed concern that the N5 upgrade to Westport is not due to commence construction until 2021 despite the local authority signalling they will be ready to start by 2019.

Speaking on the matter Deputy Chambers said “In a letter received from Transport Infrastructure Ireland it was confirmed to me that the N5 upgrade to Westport is not scheduled for construction until 2021. TII stated that they would be able to start construction sooner if money were made available. It is clear to me that Government intervention is required to push the project forward.”

“Some money has been allocated to date but this was solely for the purpose of procurement, archaeological work and fencing no money has actually been allocated for the road itself. We need to see this project become a priority for TII and the Government not one that is left at the bottom of the list which is where it currently sits,” she said.

“Traffic continues to be a problem for residents and visitors to Westport there is significant congestion to and from the town on the Castlebar road on a daily basis, a particular traffic blackspot is the junction at Allergan where workers find it difficult to enter and exit. Westport is a beautiful town and a lovely place to live and it is a shame that the traffic is causing so much disruption to people’s daily lives,” she said.

“The N5 upgrade is badly needed to alleviate this pressure, given the project was announced prior to the last election it is not acceptable that we have to wait a further 4 years before construction commences. I am urging Minister Ring, who is now a full cabinet Minister to use this political clout to prioritise this major road project for Westport and for Mayo,” she concluded