Three NW towns will be the only ones not bypassed following completion of new motorway

Charlestown, Tubbercurry and Donegal’s Twin Towns will soon become the only major centres not bypassed on a new Limerick North West route

The new Tuam bypass and M17/M18 Gort to Tuam Motorway Project which will cut journeys from the North West significantly is set to be finished by November.

The route will be of motorway standard from Gort to the junction at Kilmore, just south of Tuam, a distance of 53.2km with four kilometres of a bypass at Tuam.

It will people will no longer have to travel through Tuam, Claregalway or Clarenbridge when heading south.

But today as a new €2m funding pot was announced for realignment works at Ballybofey, a Donegal Councillor says while the money is welcome it highlights time importance of getting the ‘Twin Towns’ bypass of Ballybofey and Stranolar moving again.

Fine Gael Councillor Martin Harley says it is back on the table at least after the plans were axed a number of years ago but soon it will be one of only three major towns on the new western route to Limerick: