Council to seek funds to complete Kilkenny ring road

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Kilkenny County Council is to seek necessary funding from the Department of Transport to finance the completion of Kilkenny’s northern ring road.
At the recent meeting of Kilkenny County Council, Cllr Mary Hilda Cavanagh brought a notice of motion seeking that ‘Kilkenny County Council request funds from the TII to complete the Kilkenny ring road, especially the stretch from the Castlecomer Road to the Freshford Road to alleviate the serious congestion and delays to road users at morning rush hour’.
“I think we should now write to the TII and ask for it to be prioritised,” she said.
“Every small town in Ireland has a ring road — we don’t even have half a ring road.”
The Fine Gael councillor said people going into work in the morning were very frustrated with all the traffic.
“If we don’t start pushing now and pushing hard, we will be left behind,” she said.
The notice of motion was seconded by Cllr Andrew McGuinness.
“It would be a dream come true for so many people,” he said.
“We do need the ring road to be completed, and we need substantial funding to do it.”
Cllr David Kennedy said that, while he supported the motion, he found it ‘funny’ in light of the Central Access Scheme’s construction.
“We’ve spent spent €20 million on a bridge in the city, and I find it funny we’ve congestion,” he said.
“I just had a little giggle when I read that. We have traffic, even after building a big bridge.”
Cllr Cavanagh replied that both the CAS and northern ring road were needed.
Director of services Tim Butler said the completion of that portion of the ring road has been a strategic aim of the council ‘for many years’. He clarified that the Department of Transport and not the TII was the relevant body.
Mr Butler reminded members that the scheme was currently the subject of a referral to the European Courts.
“Even if we had the money at the moment, we couldn’t proceed without planning,” he said.