Despite promises from government and Transport infrastructure Ireland (TII) a decade ago, that the N58 road that links Foxford to Ballina, would be upgraded, the project has been left on the shelf, according to Ballina based Fine Gael councillor John O’Hara.
The councillor described the N58 road, that links Ballina to Castlebar, as similar to a “cattle crush” with barriers erected in an effort to keep the traffic on the road rather than falling of the edges.
Councillor O’Hara raised the issue at this week’s Ballina Municipal District Meeting and he urged the local authority to prioritise the upgrading of this route.
He says that when An Bord Pleanala rejected the route for a new N26 between Ballina and Swinford, commitments were given that the N58, one of the busiest routes in the county would be upgraded from the Ballina side of Foxford, to Bohola, to link onto the N5.
But he has now discovered that the TII have left any plans to do what was promised “on the shelf” and he claims Ballina is being forgotten. “While millions of euro have been sanctioned to provide a dual carriageway between Castlebar and Westport, no funding has been found to enhance the route that links the two largest towns in the county”, the councillor argues.
He has been speaking to Midwest News Editor Teresa O’Malley about his concerns about the delivery of what was promised to enhance connectivity between Ballina and Castlebar and access onto the N5...