The community of Balla, and motorists who travel along the N60 from Balla to Claremorris are all asked to give their views on how the 1.3 km of road that leads out from Balla, the Claremorris side, can be made safer for all road users.

Submissions are being sought at present for the development a new Active Travel Scheme along this stretch of road, but according to local road campaigners, it’s not enough to address the road safety concerns along this busy stretch of national route.

Members of the Balla Community N60 group attended yesterday’s monthly meeting of Castlebar Municipal District and spokesperson Gerry O’Neill outlined to councillors and council management their concerns about the Ardboley/ Rathduff junctions and the need, once and for all, to address multiple road safety issues.

The group want the road on the Claremorris side of Balla to be developed in a similar fashion to the facilities in place the Castlebar side of the town. They say the number of road collisions, both minor and more serious, on the Claremorris road leading out of Balla are on the rise, and it’s of serious concern to local motorists, cyclists and pedestrians.  

Paul Hyland of the Roads Design Team with Mayo County Council, told the meeting that to date, since submissions have opened on the proposed Active Travel Scheme along the 1.3km stretch, a large number of submissions have been received, in excess of 200.

He explained that the more detail and local concerns documented in submissions on record, will add weight to the argument that the Road Design Team will present to Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII)  to secure the development the community is seeking.

 Submissions can be made until the 14th April at

After the meeting Midwest News Editor Teresa O’Malley spoke to Gerry O’Neill...




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