The possibility of a bus stop being installed at Reaghstown junction of the N2 is to be assessed by Bus Eireann and Louth County Council, Fine Gael TD Fergus O’Dowd has confirmed.
The Deputy contacted the National Road Authority on behalf of local residents after he and Ardee councillor Dolores Minogue received a number of complaints from irate locals who have tired of having to travel to Ardee to catch the bus.
O’Dowd requested a safe and accessible bus stop for the area and while the NTA have not confirmed that a new bus stop is on the way, they have confirmed that Bus Eireann and the road authority – Louth County Council – will assess it’s viability.
“There are a significant amount of commuters and residents travelling from the Reaghstown and surrounding areas that are being adversely affected by having to make the journey into Ardee,” O’Dowd said in a statement.
“This is not only taking necessary car park spaces from Ardee town, adding to the expense of the journey, but is also adding to the disruptive traffic congestion in the town.”
In their response to O’Dowd’s communications, the NTA confirmed that they have been in touch with Bus Eireann who have undertaken to arrange a site visit with the council to determine whether the turnoff is a safe place for the setting down and picking up of passengers.
Subject to approval from Louth County Council, Bus Eireann would be required to formally propose an amendment to the current route 182 timetable to include the new stop.
The Drogheda based TD also added that he is working to address safety concerns of local residents in relation to the ongoing N2 roadworks at Cookstown, alongside party colleague Minogue.
“We recently visited the site of the very welcome roadworks on the N2 which will address the safety concerns on the Cookstown junction. Many constituents raised their concerns on certain junctions not receiving adequate safety road signage or islands.”
“I immediately contacted Louth County Council Infrastructure and Transport Infrastructure Ireland to relay those concerns and requested for them to consider making necessary changes whilst the contractors are on site.”