‘Rat run’ fears as cars seek to avoid the Beamore Road

Drogheda Independent - - NEWS - By HUBERT MUR­PHY

ONE of the busiest routes into and out of Drogheda is set to get even busier with the com­ple­tion of the Bryanstown Wood de­vel­op­ment.

And al­though Meath CC in­formed An Bord Pleanala that ad­di­tional in­fra­struc­ture would be needed in the area as a re­sult of the de­vel­op­ment, they didn’t in­clude any levy to­wards the cost of im­prov­ing the roads, or even get the de­vel­oper to do the works.

Cllr Elaine McGinty brought up the con­cerns of lo­cals over the mat­ter, stat­ing that ‘rat runs’ are likely.

De­spite works on the Beamore Road, the new de­vel­op­ment would add to is­sues and a speed limit or safety mea­sures like ramps would be needed.

Meath CC con­firmed that there would be ex­tra pedes­trian, cy­cle and ve­hic­u­lar traf­fic as a re­sult of the de­vel­op­ment and they would pro­vide a path­way be­tween Bryanstown Wood and The Oaks.

They had looked at Beamore Cross but it was com­pli­ant with cur­rent stan­dards and no works were planned.

Cllr Stephen McKee told the area coun­cil meet­ing that with a few hun­dred houses go­ing in, it was go­ing to be­come a huge is­sue and he said a round­about could work at the Beamore Road junc­tion. He also feared Cromwell’s Lane would be a ‘rat run’ too.

An or­bital route for Drogheda is mas­sive, Cllr Paddy Meade stated and he had that pro­posal in the new Co De­vel­op­ment Plan.

Meath CC con­firmed that there were plans to work with the gar­dai on in­tro­duc­ing a weight re­stric­tion for the Beamore Road.

No round­about on the Beamore Road, but a weight re­stric­tion is be­ing dis­cussed with gar­dai.

A new path is to stretch from Bryanstown Wood to The Oaks on the Beamore Road.

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