Letter Meath Chronicle March 4th 2006
- Lessons from Loughrea and Enfield
Dear sir - I would draw your reader's attention to the recently
opened section of the M4 as well as the bypass of Loughrea and their
lessons for the proposed M3.
For those who think that the proposed road will not harm the Gabhra
Valley, Tara and Skryne, have a look at the land take that is
necessary for such a development, particularly at the toll plaza at
Enfield (designed to catch the daily commuter). Now try to imagine
the land take that will be necessary for the proposed Blundelstown
interchange and the lighting that will required due to the
impenetrable fog in this area that Meath County Council and the NRA
have chosen to ignore. Then add the land take for two proposed toll
The concomitant development is already beginning along the route.
Image this creeping out from the interchange.
On the other hand, look at the wonderful bypass of Loughrea and
imagine how Dunshaughlin, Navan and Kells would appear if their
bypasses had been built instead of this mad motorway. Trucks and
lorries are using the Loughrea bypass (it is free).
There are very few on the Enfield section of the motorway (because
of the toll).
Now apply this to the proposed M3 - surely a similar boycott would
also apply to the two proposed tolls. There will be no separate
Therefore, the Valley, Tara and Skryne will be destroyed but the
adjacent towns will still be clogged with traffic and the back roads
will still be rat runs.
Who then will benefit from the proposed road?
Muireann Ní Bhrolcháin,