Road delay leaves people in limbo

The new road will run from Farranfore to Killarney

There has been a complaint that people have been left in limbo because of the long delay by the authorities in announcing the preferred route for the new route from Farranfore to Killarney which is seen as the long-term solution to traffic congestion in Killarney town.

Cllr Marie Moloney said the local council must express its disappointment and dissatisfaction over the handling of the situation by Transport Infrastructure Ireland.

The chosen route was due to have been revealed last year but the decision is still not forthcoming and, as a result, people whose land is along one of the possible routes can’t plan for the future, a meeting of Killarney Municipal District Council has heard.

“They have continually moved the goalpost for the date to announce the selected route for this project, thereby leaving people in limbo with sterilised lands along all chosen corridors,” Cllr Moloney said.

Cllr Marie Moloney: People left in limbo

She said the council should demand that there can be no further delay.

“It’s time for Transport Infrastructure Ireland to pull out their finger and give an answer to this,” Cllr Moloney said.

Kerry County Council senior roads engineer, Paul Curry, said he is acutely aware of the impact the delay has caused and the challenges faced and he said the council is entitle within its rights to make representations to the authorities on the matter.

Provisional plans for the new Farranfore-Killarney road

Already the subject of extensive public consultation, the preferred corridor for the long-promised new route on the N22 Killarney-Farranfore road was initially expected to be revealed last August or September at which time further public feedback would have been invited.

The alternative routes have been appraised and the liaison officer appointed to the project is Kevin Keane of Jacobs Engineering Ireland Ltd, a brother of former Kerry team manager Peter Keane.

The proposed new road, which will be 27km in length, is seen as the long-term solution to Killarney’s growing traffic problems with regular gridlock throughout the season.

Jacobs Engineering Ireland Ltd were appointed to spearhead the project in March 2020 and the first public consultation took place in May and June 2021.

A traffic counting exercise, to ascertain just how busy the road is, has been completed and an application for the project is expected to be submitted to An Bord Pleanála in 2024. A grant of €800,000 has been approved to progress the design to the next stage.

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