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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Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar speaks on the Michael Read Programme on LMFM

8th March 2012

Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar spoke about the Bord Pleanála decision to refuse planning permission for the Slane Bypass. He stated that he knew Slane well and demonstrated that he was well briefed and understood the problem well. Possible options following the decision were discussed. The minister stated clearly that doing nothing and continuing as is, is not an option in his mind. The Minister said that it was clear to him that the Bord did not object to the proposed route and that there was no need to provide funding to the NRA to prepare an application for an alternative route. He said that the NRA and Meath County Council must look at the Board’s comments on implementing a ban on HGVs and alternatives in general for keeping heavy traffic out of the village. He stated that he has given both bodies 90 days to propose alternative ways of dealing with the problem. Minister Varadkar says he understands why people are concerned and disappointed by the ruling and that he is willing to meet with the groups which have been campaigning for a bypass. The Bypass Slane Campaign will be following up on this offer in the near future.

Download the podcast of the interview HERE.

 

 
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