Completion of atlantic road corridor and Galway bypass vital to the West

Completion of atlantic road corridor and Galway bypass vital to the West

01 April 2011 at 00:00
<div> The completion of the M17/M18 Gort to Claremorris section of the Atlantic Road Corridor and the construction of the N6 Galway City Outer Bypass are critical elements to renewing the area, according to a major report by the Engineers Ireland West Region. &nbsp;The details of the report were outlined on the second day of the Engineers Ireland Annual Conference 2011 at the Galway Bay Hotel, Salthill.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> The report also called for at least one technology research centre to be headquartered in the west to link existing strengths in biotech with international partners to commercialise outputs.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &ldquo;As a region on the western periphery of Europe, the provision of a good transport infrastructure is critical to the economic development and social well-being of the West,&rdquo; said John Power, Engineers Ireland Director General. &ldquo;According to the National Development Plan, 98% of all goods are transported on the road network in Ireland. &nbsp;While there needs to be a holistic approach to the development of public transport, the road network will continue to be the most dominant mode of transport infrastructure for the foreseeable future. &nbsp;Therefore, the completion of the Gort to Claremorris section of the Atlantic Road Corridor is a matter of urgency, as is the construction of the N6 Galway City Outer Bypass to relieve traffic congestion in the area.&rdquo;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> The report outlines 60 key recommendations that should be implemented, under the banner of a Sustainability Framework, to achieve a balance between the needs of the environment, society and the economy and emphasises strategies based on zero carbon, zero waste, sustainable water and better use of land. &nbsp;It also calls for the development of world class industrial clusters in the region, the west&rsquo;s rich cultural heritage as well as growth in forestry, the marine and local food sectors. &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> A team of 10 Chartered Engineers, senior members of Engineers Ireland West Region, undertook detailed research and extensive consultation with key people in Local Authorities, agencies, industry and academia to complete the report.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Entitled &lsquo;Engineering New Wealth For Ireland&rsquo;, the Engineers Ireland Annual Conference 2011 took place over two days at the Galway Bay Hotel, Salthill, Co. Galway. &nbsp;Speakers included David McWilliams, Economist; Pat Cox, Former President of the European Parliament; Frank Ryan, Chief Executive, Enterprise Ireland; Barry O&rsquo;Leary, CEO, IDA Ireland; Christoph Mueller, Chief Executive, Aer Lingus; Dermot Byrne, Chief Executive, Eirgrid; Dr. Peter Heffernan, Chief Executive, Marine Institute; and Martina Moloney, County Manager, Galway County Council.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> The second day of the conference featured discussion sessions including &ldquo;Engineering a Sustainable Future: A Regional Perspective - hosted by the West Region&rdquo;, &ldquo;Improving The Quality of Life of Ireland&rsquo;s Housing Stock - hosted by the Local Government Division&rdquo; and &ldquo;Your Health is Your Wealth - hosted by the Biomedical Division and MEETA Society&rdquo;.</div>