Slane has a medieval bridge and an 18th century
road carrying 21st century articulated traffic…
The only long-term solution to the
ongoing traffic problem in Slane
is the construction of the bypass.

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The End of the Road?
An Bord Pleanála Pull the Plug

Once again, there has been a serious failure to protect the Slane community. More unnecessary loss of life seems inevitable.

The Bypass Slane Campaign is shocked and dismayed by the decision of An Bord Pleanála to refuse permission for the construction of a Bypass around Slane village. Life in the village, over generations, has been overwhelmed by the dangerous volumes of traffic and by the constant threat to life it brings. We now feel that as we have exhausted every avenue open to us that we are now entirely helpless. The decades of inaction and failure to deal decisively with this appalling situation are nothing short of a national scandal.

The Slane Bypass is unlike most other road projects built over the last 15 years, most of which were built primarily to shorten journey times. The clear need for the Slane bypass relates directly to road safety. Twenty-two people have died on the roads of Slane so far, many others have suffered serious injury, while there have been countless, often unreported, lucky escapes. For over forty years our community has been convinced that the only solution to the serious road safety situation is a bypass of our village. Today our hopes of finally being freed from this intolerable situation have been completely destroyed with the decision of the Bord to refuse permission for the Slane bypass.

One of the more striking features of the Oral Hearing held this time last year was that even objectors to the proposal who participated agreed that the ongoing road safety situation in Slane was untenable. We find it difficult to understand how the Bord arrived at a decision that will impact so negatively on our community and ignore the very real dangers we face daily. There has been a serious failure to protect citizens of this State. The future now appears very bleak for Slane. What alternatives are left for us to fall back on now?

The Bypass Slane Campaign will closely examine the report from the Bord and assess what direction we should take from here. However, it is clear that t he full and final resolution of this intolerable situation rests entirely with the Minister for Transport, the National Roads Authority and Meath County Council. Minister Varadkar has repeatedly declared his understanding of the need for the Slane Bypass. In light of the Bord's decision, we will be seeking a meeting with the Minister as soon as possible and we fully expect him to act swiftly and decisively.

This cannot be the end of the line for the people of Slane - there is still a very
big problem to be solved. All that stands between us and the next major incident and inevitable loss of life is an unenforced speed limit and a couple of yards anti-slip road surfacing. Where do we go to from here? Who can we turn to and rely upon? Slane has been let down once again.

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Slane is well known as a accident blackspot. Garda figures confirm this with the stretch of the N2 through Slane village at the top of their list of Collision Prone Zones. There is no publicly available list of the deaths and injuries but to date at least 22 people have lost their lives and countless others have been injured in road traffic incidents on the roads of Slane.

The Bypass Slane Campaign was formed in April 2009 in the aftermath of a serious road traffic incident in Slane Village on 23/03/09. The objectives of the group are to:

  • Highlight the on-going serious road safety issue in Slane
  • Lobby both locally and nationally for the fast-tracking of the Slane Bypass
  • Lobby Meath County Council for immediate safety measures

    Slane Bypass routesMeath County Council Publish Further Information Requested by Bord Pleanála

    Bord Pleanála made twelve requests for further information additional to the original EIS document (see below). This information has been published on the Meath County Council website and may be accessed HERE. The public will be allowed to make submissions to Bord Pleanála on this further information before 5.30pm 15th October 2010.

     

     

    N2 Slane Bypass Road Scheme
    Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)

    Full details of the proposed bypass route and design may be inspected in the Environmental Impact Statement. <MORE INFORMATION HERE>

    View the planned route of the Slane Bypass by clicking the images below. The image on the right shows the proposed bypass route in relation to built and cultural heritage as well as the World Heritage Site boundary (in red) and Buffer Zone boundary (in brown). Note that the Buffer Zone is not part of the Brú na Bóinne World Heritage Site.

    Slane Bypass route Slane Bypass route

    Report Dangerous Driving

    If you observe dangerous driving including speeding please take the registration of the vehicle involved and report the incident to Slane Garda Station 041-9824202 or on the lo-call Garda Traffic Watch number 1890 205 805.

    Slane accident black spot Slane crash HGV

    All images on this site have been taken on the roads around Slane.
    All incidents depicted have occurred in and around Slane village.

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    Latest News

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    24th April 2012
    Bypass Slane Campaign members meet Meath County Manager Tom Dowling and other officials
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    8th March 2012
    Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar speaks on the Michael Read Programme on LMFM
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    6th March 2012
    Disbelief as An Bord Pleanála announce refusal of permission for Slane Bypass.
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    Read the Inspector's report and view the ABP board's Direction HERE

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    10th November 2011
    Bypass Slane Campaign statement following government's announcement on funding of capital expenditure projects.
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    12th October 2011
    Letter from Minister Varadrar to Bypass Slane Campaign.
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    9th August 2011
    Irish Independent article claims Slane Bypass 'Shelved'
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    19th July 2011
    The lobbying continues. Recent communication from Shane McEntee TD.
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    5 July 2011
    A HGV truck travelling south through the village early on the Tuesday morning catches fire.
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    5 July 2011
    Another HGV travelling on the N2 north of Slane Village lost control and left the road, ending up in the ditch.
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    21 June 2011
    Car crashes into garden wall of house at Fennor on the southern approach to the village.
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    21 June 2011
    A German tourist travelling on a motorbike to Newgrange collided with a car.
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    22nd June 2011
    Irish Times carries a piece on the proposed Slane bypass: 'Slane bypass ruling later'
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    May 2011
    Correspondence received from NRA in response to BSC letter to Minister for Transport
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    1st April 2011
    Bord Pleanála Oral Hearing ends.
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    11th-12th & 14th March 2011
    Balloon test successfully carried out over two days in the Boyne Valley.
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    4th March 2011
    Meath County Council announce intention to conduct a 'balloon test' to test the potential visibility of the proposed bridge over the River Boyne between Slane Bridge and Knowth.
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    21st February 2011
    World Heritage expert, Dr Douglas Comer makes his presentation to the Oral Hearing.
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    18th February 2011
    Local representatives support the Slane community and pledge their support for the proposed Slane Bypass.
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    17th February 2011
    Slane Community group puts very strong message in favour of the proposed bypass to Bord Pleanála.
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    15th February 2011
    Bord Pleanála Oral Hearing opens in Boyne Valley Hotel in Drogheda. Meath County Council make initial presentations.
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    9th February 2011
    Bord Pleanála release their provisional agenda for the conduct of the Oral Hearing due to start on Tuesday 15th February.

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    6th February 2011
    Demonstration for Bypass 06/02/11Demonstration in Slane: Community turns out in support of Bypass

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    2nd February 2011
    Bypass Slane Campaign, along with other Slane community groups attend Bord Pleanála Preliminary Oral Hearing in Drogheda.
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    28 January 2011
    Instructions are issued by letter by Bord Pleanála on how to participate in the Oral Hearing
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    28 January 2011
    Mill Hill and N2 closure clearly demonstrates that HGV ban would not work.
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    Bypass Slane Campaign representatives along with other Slane Community representatives meet with Dr Douglas Comer, world heritage expert.

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    19th January 2011
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    Bord Pleanála announce a date for the Oral Hearing – Tuesday 15th February in the Boyne Valley Hotel, Drogheda.
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    18th January 2011
    Independent World Heritage expert inspects plans for proposed Slane Bypass and visits Slane and Brú na Bóinne. Invitations are issued to interested parties to contact him for discussions.
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    17th January 2011
    Mill Hill emergency closure highlights sub-standard road
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    January 2011
    Part of west wall of Slane Bridge collapses.
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    17th December 2010
    Members of the Bypass Slane Campaign meet with Phil Hogan, Fine Gael Environment spokesman, to brief him on the need for the Slane bypass.

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    8th December 2010
    BSC statement on Four Year Plan printed in Meath Chronicle.
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    7th December 2010
    Bypass debated on LMFM
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    6th December 2010
    Slane hit hard in recent cold snap further highlighting need for bypass.

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    25th November 2010
    Good news for Slane Bypass in 4 Year Plan!
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    26th September 2010

    Traffic collision at Cullen, Slane
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    25th September 2010
    Traffic collision at Cashel, Slane.
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    15th September 2010
    Bypass Slane Campaign letter to Meath Chronicle published: 'Bypass plan enjoys widespread support in Slane'.
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    13th September 2010
    An Bord Pleanála instruct Meath County Council to publish the further information and invite submissions before 15th October 2010.
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    Contact us at bypassslanecampaign@gmail.com

    Bypass Slane Campaign, c/o Slane Community Forum, The Village Inn, Slane, Co. Meath.