Clare County Council has said that the Government’s decision to give the go ahead to the long awaited Gort to Tuam motorway as part of a major government stimulus programme announced today (Tuesday, 17 July 2012) will provide a significant economic boost to the region.
The N18 Oranmore to Gort Scheme has been combined with the M17 Galway to Tuam Scheme and the N17 Tuam Bypass scheme into one large scheme 57 kilometres long, known as the N17 N18 Gort Tuam PPP scheme.
Mayor of Clare Councillor Pat Daly said: “The commencement of work on this motorway project will be welcomed by motorists throughout Clare and the west of Ireland as it will bypass numerous traffic bottle necks and vastly improve commuting time for users.”
Mayor Daly added that the new scheme will be complemented by the N18 Ennis Bypass and the Gort-Crusheen Bypass.
He continued: “The project forms a key part of the Atlantic Road Corridor. When completed, the motorway will bypass Claregalway, Ardrahan, Kilcolgan and Clarinbridge in Co. Galway, and will greatly reduce travelling times between Shannon, Ennis and Galway. Once completed, the motorway also will improve connectivity between Dublin and the western region and it will significantly assist in the economic development of Border, Midlands and Western regions,” he stated.
Clare County Manager Tom Coughlan described the Gort to Tuam motorway as “critically important for the economic development of County Clare and the surrounding region.”
“Like the Gort-Crusheen scheme, a project that Clare County Council was centrally involved in, the Gort to Tuam motorway will further enhance regional connectivity between Limerick, Shannon, Ennis and Galway. Furthermore, the improvement in connectivity is timely in the context of the restructuring of Shannon Airport,” added Mr. Coughlan.