Councillor Wayne Harding.
Slane Councillor Wayne Harding has welcomed a further allocation of €1 million in government funding for the Slane Bypass in Transport Infrastructure Ireland’s 2021 allocation.
He says this is a signal that the present government is agreed on this much needed infrastructure project which is long overdue and vital for the safety of the inhabitants of Slane village and all road users.
Cllr Harding said the project was included in the programme for government and a major national project.
Much work has been carried out since the project was refused permission in 2012 and the route design moved even further away from the buffer zone that protects the World Heritage Site of Bru na Boinne.
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But Councillor Harding points out that traffic numbers continue to rise year on year. “We must get to an oral hearing as quickly as possible and finally deliver this project” he said.
Over 10,000 vehicles, a fifth of them Heavy Goods Vehicles, pass through Slane Village and over the old stone bride at the bottom of the hill every day and there have been many tragic accidents over the years.
People living in the Slane area have been campaigning for upwards of 50 years for a new bypass to take the traffic away from the village.
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