West Cork delegation to meet Transport Minister to discuss road improvements

A DELEGATION from West Cork will meet with Transport Minister Shane Ross in Dublin later this month to discuss the condition of the N71 and R586 roads in West Cork. The meeting was secured by local independent TD Michael Collins who has invited the area’s other TDs, councillors from all parties and local business representatives to join him to press the Minister on the urgent need for investment in local road infrastructure.

Speaking to West Cork Times Deputy Collins said, “The Minister got in touch in fairness to him after I requested a meeting a few months ago. He said now would be a good time as the programme for the year ahead is up for review so it’s an opportunity to make our case for investment and improvement in the main routes serving West Cork.

“We have seen very little investment in recent years and we need to make the case for short-term and long-term projects. Currently if you are driving west on the N71 there no safe overtaking opportunities between Bandon and Rosscarbery and that is unacceptable. People are being forced to overtake trucks and tractors where it is not safe to do so.

“There are a number of areas where passing lanes could be introduced without having to purchase more land, where there’s a will, there’s a way and we need to make that case. This is not a party political issue as far as I’m concerned; we all want to see investment so we need to make the case with a strong, united voice,” he added.