Twin Towns fearful over impact of proposed new by-pass route

A proposed new route from Sligo to Letterkenny could result in the loss of up to 200 jobs and about €10m in revenue to one local area in Donegal.

That’s the opinion of the Ballybofey and Stranorlar Chamber of Commerce, which says it’s shocked and concerned over the impact.

Ballybofey and Stranorlar are known as the Twin Towns.

Now they fear a proposed new route, the so-called Sligo to Letterkenny Ten-T route corridor, will hit them with a double blow — the loss of up to 200 jobs and €10m in revenue.

Spokesperson Charlie Ferry says the chamber is appalled over what might happen.

He says the lack of a proper connecting route into the towns could destroy them, turning them into ghost towns similar to what one might see in mid-west America.

He adds that the most shocking sign of a total lack of consideration for the Twin Towns is that there isn’t one new access road being built to link the heart of the towns to the proposed new route.

The chamber is now calling for a traffic management solution that will give proper consideration to the Twin Towns.

It is also calling on businesses and people to contact their local councillors about the situation.