Fine Gael Meath East TD, Regina Doherty, has today (Wednesday) expressed her deep disappointment at the decision by An Bord Pleanála to refuse permission for the proposed Slane bypass. Deputy Doherty has raised this issue with the Minister for Transport, Leo Varadkar, asking for urgent action to be taken to address the decision.
“I was devastated to learn of An Bord Pleanála’s decision this morning. The people of Slane feel incredibly let down and immediate action is needed to address their concerns surrounding road safety in the village.
“I have written to Minister Varadkar asking him to instruct the National Roads Authority to consult with Meath County Council on foot of today’s decision. I believe the NRA and the Council have a duty to come back to the people of Slane within three months with positive and realistic options on how road safety in the village can be improved.
“I have also been in contact with local councillors, urging them to enforce a HGV ban in the village, at least until a long-term solution is found. The Council previously decided to hold off on a HGV ban, due to the belief that it could hamper the planning application for the bypass. We now know this was pointless.
“Lives are being lost in Slane, due to the treacherous traffic situation. The 30km speed limit is being ignored. Twenty-two people have died in accidents on the bridge or on its approaches, and I fear more lives could be lost as a result of today’s decision. Immediate action is needed.”