Thoughts on the M4

The Sligo Champion - - OPINION -

Dear Sir,

The M4 ends in Mullingar at the mo­ment and badly needs to be ex­tended to Long­ford. It would also be worth­while to con­sider ex­tend­ing it fur­ther west to the Croghan area of Co Roscom­mon to fur­ther as­sist the north­ern half of the West of Ire­land. This would mean com­bin­ing the present N4 and N5 to that point which is about 160km from Dublin.

The com­bined vol­ume of traf­fic from Long­ford to Boyle and from Long­ford to French­park would jus­tify a mo­tor­way.

In the Croghan area the two roads would di­verge with the N4 con­tin­u­ing on good qual­ity sin­gle car­riage­way 8km or so to the present N4 east of

Boyle and the N5 con­tin­u­ing WSW also on good qual­ity sin­gle car­riage­way on or near the present R370 route to Church­street just west of French­park. The qual­ity of the road from Church­street west­wards is a very good sin­gle car­riage­way road. The dis­tances of the new route would be about equal to the present N4 and N5.

The present sec­tions of the N4 (Long­ford to Boyle) and N5(Long­ford to French­park) would be fine for lo­cal traf­fic and the pro­posed mo­tor­way might cost the same as se­ri­ous im­prove­ment of those two routes.

There could be junc­tions ad­ja­cent to Roosky and Car­rick on Shan­non and the Roosky junc­tion could also serve Strokestown. The mo­tor­way route might cross the Shan­non just south of Lough Forbes and con­tinue north west­wards just west of Lough Boderg and then con­tinue north of Hill Street to Croghan.

De­vel­op­ment of the North­west would be greatly as­sisted by such a mo­tor­way which would give the re­gion an ad­van­tage which the rest of the coun­try has al­ready had. It would give eco­nom­i­cal, fast, safe ac­cess be­tween Dublin and the North­west.

Re­gards,

Charles Henry, Ard­tar­mon, Ballinfull, Co Sligo

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