New Motorway Construction – A Major Boost for Region’s Economy – BREEN

April 30th, 2014 - Pat Breen

photoClare T.D. and Chairman of the Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade Pat Breen has welcoming the news today (Wednesday) that the contract has been signed for the construction of the M18/17 Motorway from Gort to Tuam said that the “construction of the motorway is a major boost for the Region’s Economy.
“I am delighted that the contract has now been signed for the construction of the Motorway. Today’s developments provide a major boost for employment, for business and for tourism development in this Region.

The 57 km long project will provide a four lane motorway which will be toll free and will be constructed by the Consortium Direct Route, including Roadbridge, John Sisk, Lagan and three large Irish Civil Engineering Firms and Strabag of Austria.

The economic impact of this €550 million investment will create up to 450 jobs during the construction phase with many spin-off employment opportunities post construction.

The completion of the project will end the congestion which has hindered economic development along our Western Seaboard. The positive effect of developing this critical piece of infrastructure is that it makes the Region a more attractive location to do business in and boosts the efforts being made to attract further Foreign Direct investments.
It also opens up access to Shannon Airport. By linking the Airport to two major cities, Limerick and Galway it will dramatically increase the Airport’s catchment area by ending the bottlenecks which have deterred travellers

along the Western Seaboard from using the Airport.

Accessibility is one of the key critical factors in developing our Region’s economy and the construction of this vital piece of infrastructure will greatly enhance economic recovery in this Region which is very welcome news.