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Bord Pleanála gives ‘green light’ to new N5

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Bord Pleanála gives ‘green light’ to new N5


Anton McNulty


The prospect of a new road linking Westport with Castlebar came a step closer after An Bord Pleanála gave the green light for the N5 Westport to Turlough Road project to proceed to the next stage.
The news of ABP decision was welcomed by Mayo County Council who stated that the project linking the two towns in west Mayo is on target to commence construction in 2016.
Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council, Cllr Damien Ryan said he was looking forward to the investment in the project.
“This is a great day for the Council and we look forward to an investment of €180 million being made in the infrastructure of the county at the earliest possible date,” he said.
Also welcoming the news, council Chief Executive, Peter Hynes paid tribute to the council’s roads team and to the NRA. “This project will be another key investment in the infrastructure of the county and will be a major boost for inward investment and for existing enterprise. We look forward to working with the NRA to move this project forward as quickly as possible,” Mr Hynes said.
An Bord Pleanála gave the go ahead for the compulsory acquisition of the majority of land along the proposed route of the N5 between Westport and Turlough.
They ruled that the CPO of lands between Castlebar East to Turlough should be annulled but ruled the rest of the land to be compulsory purchased.
The new N5 road development includes a northern by-pass of Westport and an eastern bypass of Castlebar, an upgrade to the existing N5 east of Castlebar, a bridge crossing of Lough Lannagh and an upgrade to an existing bridge crossing of the Castlebar River.
The proposed road development comprises of 23.7km of Type 2 Dual Carriageway, 2.1km of Type 2 Single Carriageway, six roundabouts, two rail bridges, eleven overbridges, two underbridges and seven farm underpasses.
The approval came after an oral hearing which was held  in January.

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