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mwAccording to Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Leo Varadkar the National Roads Authority are open to suggestions for cheaper alternatives to the New Ross bypass. Minister Varadkar made the comments in the Dáil on Thursday November 24th following a question put to him by Deputy Wallace seeking to clarify the situation. It is clear that the funding is not available and the Ross Bridge Engineering Company Ltd. has been set up in the town to offer a cheaper solution. You can watch the exchange here.

Mick Wallace The Minister stated: “The problem I face is that a large number of interest groups, including local authorities, county managers, Deputies, Senators and councillors, all want me to continue to spend lots of money on planning for projects that we cannot afford to build for perhaps ten or 20 years.” The Minister noted a good suggestion from a Deputy that towns in need of bypasses that we can no longer afford should try to develop interim plans for traffic management through those towns. For future reference, I refer to the case of Ross, where under no circumstances can we afford to build a bypass. A relief bridge in the town would be a cheaper option and would suffice, given that the bypass is unlikely to be built in the next ten or 20 years. Leo Varadkar  I take it that by Ross, Deputy Wallace means New Ross.
Mick Wallace
Yes.
 Leo Varadkar
The Enniscorthy to New Ross bypass is a public private partnership and I hope we will get it started in the next ten years, although maybe not in the next five years. The Department and the NRA are open to proposals on how things could be done more cheaply. Even where interim and cheaper options are presented, they tend to cost a few million euro. We do not even have this.

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