Snail like progress of Coonagh to Knockalisheen Road Scheme continues – Quinlivan
Limerick Sinn Féin TD Maurice Quinlivan has called for urgent action from Government on the Coonagh to Knockalisheen road scheme to ensure the road is delivered as soon as possible. The expected delivery date of 2020 or 2021 is simply unacceptable.
Deputy Quinlivan said:
“The funding announced recently by the Minister of Transport Shane Ross will mean that, unless there is urgent intervention by Government, particularly Minister Noonan, the earliest the road will be completed by is 2020.
“The money confirmed is for initial work such as site clearance, boundary fencing, and carriageway drainage. Actual road construction remains without funding or a date when works will start. The Coonagh to Knockalisheen Road has, according to the Construction Information Service, had its start date changed 15 times since 2012.
“We now see that, despite the recent funding announcement, there is no commitment for further funding to actually build this critical piece of infrastructure.
“It must be remembered that the original political promise to build this road was made in the 2008 ‘Master Plan’ for Limerick regeneration. And again in September 2013 by the then Minister Jan O’Sullivan when she announced funding for an accelerated Regeneration plan. She said at the time that national funding from Minister Michael Noonan would be key. This is despite a promise from Limerick City and County Council that work would begin in 2014. Here we are nine years after the initial promise, still waiting for that funding and with a projected finish date of 2020 or 2021.
“This road would not just open up the Moyross area, but the whole of the northside of Limerick and parts of East Clare and give those areas increased proximity to Shannon airport which would be key to bringing in new investment and jobs. It could be a game changer for communities in the area.
“I am calling for Minister Michael Noonan to pull his finger out and ensure that when the 1st stage is completed that funding is in place to complete the project, so that roads can be delivered before 2021.”