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Monday, 11th September 2017

O'Dowd meets Ross to discuss Drogheda tolls

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Transport Minster Shane Ross with Deputy Fergus O'Dowd earlier today.

Local Fine Gael TD, Fergus O'Dowd, met with the Minister for Transport, Shane Ross TD, today to discuss the major impact the slip tolls are having on the Town of Drogheda and the Village of Julianstown.

The Minister has given a commitment to returning to County Louth and East Meath in the near future for more detailed meetings on the impact of the tolls.

"I spoke to the Minister on the immediate need for a concise and collective plan to be put in place by the Department of Transport, the TII alongside the Louth and Meath County Councils. The arterial roads leading from the motorway are not fit for purpose and need significant increased investment. Drogheda is the only tolled town in Ireland, it's unacceptable that this imposed tax on the residents and businesses of Drogheda continues to have such a negative impact on the town."

O'Dowd added "We also discussed Julianstown Village which as we all know is suffering from the extraordinary number of vehicles travelling through the village on a daily basis, up to 25,000 vehicles per day, that are trying to avoid the toll charges, a by pass of the village is essential and the Minister has agreed to return in the near future to sit down with local stakeholders."

"I also highlighted the Ardee By pass and the importance of this project to the residents of Ardee, which my colleague Cllr Dolores Minogue has worked so tirelessly on. I again relayed the necessity of securing the long awaited funding in the Mid Term Capital Plan Review for this project."

"I will now be putting reports together with my local colleagues and stakeholders that we can deliver to the Minister personally upon his return, to show exactly what we need actioned."

As with other visits to Drogheda by Minister Ross, media were not notified or invited to attend.

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