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Sunday, 9th September 2018

Meeting to discuss Drogheda’s Northern Cross Route

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The Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Transport, Robert Troy TD, who will be the guest speaker at a public meeting  in Barlow House tomorrow night (September 10th) to discuss the Northern Cross Route.

More action required and commitment from stakeholders - Byrne

The Fianna Fáil party Spokesperson on Transport, Robert Troy TD, will be a guest speaker at a public meeting to be held in Barlow House tomorrow night (September 10th) to discuss the Northern Cross Route. 

Councillor Tommy Byrne who is organising the meeting says that if the will is there, a time frame of five years for completion of the development is achievable. 

Plans for the Northern Cross Route, which is intended to take the HGV traffic out of Drogheda via a new 3 kms long stretch of road from Drogheda Port to the roundabout at Killineer, were approved back in 2005. 

The plan is to pay for the road from the proceeds of levies imposed on developers of the 7,000 homes which have already been granted full planning permission. 

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Cllr. Byrne says that the housing crisis in Drogheda can be solved in the medium term if the government shows leadership in funding the road in three phases and collect the levies as they go through the phases. 

“I think the project is too important for Drogheda’s future development to rely on developers completing the cross Route. 

He says that the route is the crucial missing link for the town to grow and to reach its full potential but sadly the project does not appear to be a priority for government. 

“The employment generated alone would be awesome” he said adding that sporting clubs are crying out for facilities which he says are included and “most impressive” in the plans. 

Louth County Council are working flat out on this but we need a commitment from the stakeholders – Government, Drogheda Port Company and Irish Cement Ltd. to fast track the road.” 

Tomorrow’s meeting is at 8.00 pm in Barlow House.

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