Councillor warns new motorway poses traffic problems for Limerick village

Cllr Dan McSweeney in Patrickswell village.

FINE Gael councillor Dan McSweeney has warned that recent updates on the Limerick to Cork M/N20 scheme have the potential to increase traffic in Patrickswell and surrounding areas.

The Mid West Design Office issued the update late last month, providing details on the future of the project, including the closure of a section of Junction 5 (Attyflin).

According to Cllr McSweeney, serious concerns have been raised in recent days in Patrickswell and surrounding areas.

The new Príomh Chomhairleoir of Limerick City and County Council, Cllr McSweeney said that “the proposed closure of a section of this junction will undoubtedly cause an increase in traffic passing through Patrickswell Village and also surrounding roads”.

“It is extremely disappointing to see such a proposal that will increase traffic, particularly due to the fact there is an emphasis on reducing traffic in our towns and villages as part of this scheme.”

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He added that “we have seen significant investment in excess of €2million in Patrickswell village to improve pedestrian safety within the village over recent months and to now push additional traffic goes completely against the purpose of the Town and Village Renewal Scheme”.

“I have already had in depth discussions with the project team and put forward the case on the need for this issue to be addressed as a matter of urgency.

“I look forward to meeting with the project team over the coming days to highlight further the implications this proposal will have on Patrickswell village and surrounding areas.”