Councillor Elaine McGinty.
Labour Councillor Elaine McGinty says that the Government is failing south Drogheda and has once again highlighted the pressing need for substantial investment in roads, footpaths and cycle lanes in the area.
Cllr McGinty urged Meath County Council to prioritise the development of a comprehensive Transport Plan for South Drogheda.
“Why we continue to build houses without basic transport infrastructure is incomprehensible” Cllr McGinty said.
“Despite unprecedented development in the area, basic infrastructure remains neglected and unfunded when tax receipts are at an all-time high.
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“Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael continue to roll out housing policies with only developers in mind. The Government needs to understand that development without infrastructure is leading to severe traffic chaos in the area.”
Cllr McGinty expressed frustration at the lack of investment, emphasising the standstill traffic situation currently being experienced by residents.
“While Meath County Council acknowledges the need for an Area-based Transport Assessment for Drogheda, no concrete timeline for the plan's delivery with Louth County Council has been agreed or funding put in place.”
Cllr McGinty also raised the inadequate bus services in the area as an alternative to cars.
“Over two years ago, I submitted a detailed plan for new and improved bus services covering South Drogheda, Beamore Road , Platin Road, Duleek and Donacarney to the National Transport Authority. I have also met with the CEO of Transport Ireland to outline the area's significant challenges. Yet progress remains at a standstill and lack of meaningful engagement is utterly frustrating.
“With traffic woes escalating, urgent action from government and funding is needed to implement sustainable solutions for South Drogheda's growing infrastructure crisis and needs.”