Tuam Inner Relief Road need to unlock town’s development potential

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The Tuam Inner Relief Road should be prioritised by the council in order to unlock the potential of undeveloped land, Galway TD Sean Canney has said.

The Galway East TD said that Tuam has experienced a lot of growth since the opening of the bypass a few years back, with more to come.

One such development he highlighted was the opening of the €50 million health campus, which includes a primary care centre, and new mental health and addiction services coming online at Old Grove Hospital.

“We will also see a transformation in educational facilities in Tuam over the next few years with a new 32 Classroom National School together with developments on our amalgamated secondary schools and Archbishop McHale College.”

He added that access to the town needs to be opened up, as these new facilities will all be located in the town centre.

“With all the future developments it is important that we have land available for housing and industrial development and the inner relief road will do this.”

Deputy Canney said that he had raised the issue of the inner relief road with the Minister for Transport.

“At that stage Galway County Council had not made any application for funding but I understand that the Council are now to prioritise this project for Tuam.”

In addition to supporting future land development, he said that building this road would also facilitate new walking and cycling infrastructure.