Reqeust to upgrade the N77 road between Dunmore Village and the Castelcomer Roundabout

Uimhir Thagarta Uathúil: 

5. Movement and Mobility Strategy

Movement and mobility Chapter 5:

There is significant emphasis on "reducing the demand for travel and reliance on the private car in favour of public transport, cycling and walking".

For Kilkenny City this will require "delivering a high level of permeability through walking, cycling and public transport modes".


Main opinion: 

The N77 road between Castlecomer Roundabout and Henebry's Cross is the busiest approach road into Kilkenny with daily school/education, work, visitor/tourist (pre-pandemic!) and heavy industry traffic (particularly Glanbia HGVs and HGVs travelling from the West and Midlands to access Rosslare and Wateford ports post Brexit).

At present we would have serious road safety concerns for all road users as the road is very narrow, with numerous dangerous bends, dangerous junctions and poor visibility. Dunmore Training Grounds are accessed by large volumes of people coming from Kilkenny City and beyond and it is also anticipated that the much anticipated Dunmore Biodiversity Park will also attract large volumes of people from Kilkenny City. At present, the only way to safely access either or these amenities is by car, which is not in keeping with the council's proposed intentions to promote sustainable travel and enhance permeability. The proposed Dunmore Biodiversity Park is 1.6KM from the

Castlecomer Roundabout, but 4km using the council's proposed access route.

Main requests: 

We would gratefully appreciate if a dedicated plan and commitment to upgrade this stretch of road could be included in the Kilkenny City and County 2021 to 2027 Development Plan. We understand that the road is under the remit of the TII but, as this is a City and County Development Plan, it would be appreciated if Kilkenny County Council could liaise closely with the TII in this regard.

Main reasons: 

An upgrade of this stretch of road would enhance sustainable travel between Dunmore and Kilkenny City and encourage more visitors to access the proposed Biodiversity Park. It would also assist greatly the many drivers (circa 12,000 per day in 2019 - pre-pandemic) who use this road on a daily basis.

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