Cork North West TD Michael Creed has outlined a proposal that could see the prospects of the commencement of the N22 Macroom – Baile Mhuirne bypass project enhanced significantly.  Commenting on his proposal Deputy Creed said:

“I am encouraged to be embarking on a new Dáil term with the legal uncertainty surrounding the N22 bypass project now put to bed.  Engagement between the NRA and landowners has now commenced and for the first time in many years there is tangible progress with the project.  Nonetheless we are still in the midst of a bailout programme and the State’s finances remain in a very fragile state”.

“My priority for the new Dáil terms is to engage pro-actively with my colleague the Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar, in order to explore ways in which the Macroom Baile Mhuirne bypass can finally be made a reality.  With this in mind I’m putting forward a proposal which would see the N22 bypass project coupled with the Dunkettle Interchange Improvement Scheme, so that both schemes can be offered as one contract”.

“Offering these schemes as one single contract, will ensure that the cost of both projects can be minimised and crucially that the N22 scheme can be elevated in terms of priority.  I believe it is important to work constructively with the Minister & the NRA in order to find the best solutions in delivering the N22 project as soon as is financially possible”.



Cork North West TD, Michael Creed has today welcomed the allocation of a supplementary €5,818,342 in extra funding for road repair and resurfacing works for Cork County.  Commenting on the announcement Deputy Creed said;

“This allocation, which accounts for approximately 10% of the national allocation, and is the largest sum being made available to any County in the Country.  The additional allocation is to be directed primarily to surface restoration works and must be spent in 2013”.

“The significant size of the allocation in proportion to that of other Counties is in the main due to the contribution Cork County Council has made from its own resources to road maintenance.  I have been campaigning for many years to successive Transport Ministers for larger discretionary road budgets for Cork County.  I am pleased that my colleague Minister Varadkar has made this funding available on a fair and equitable basis”.

Further Commenting on the allocation Cllr Michael Creed said;

“I will be engaging with officials in Cork County Council to ensure this allocation is fully utilised.  There are numerous projects that need to be undertaken and this funding provides an opportunity to do so.  Furthermore this is a welcome economic stimulus for Cork County and will provide much needed employment opportunities”.



Change in traffic light sequencing could improve traffic flow


Fine Gael Cork North West TD, Michael Creed, has welcomed a commitment from Transport Minister Leo Varadkar to explore his proposal that would see the current sequence settings in traffic lights altered to include the amber light flashing before turning green. Deputy Creed believes this alteration would go some distance to improving traffic flow.


“What I have proposed to the Minister is the implementation of the traffic light system as it is used in the UK. This is whereby the amber light flashes before the lights turn to green. This allows motorists the opportunity to prepare to recommence movement thus improving traffic flow. This would particularly be the case in areas where there is significant traffic build up and regular traffic light activity.


“I welcome the commitment from the Minister to contact the Gardaí, the Road Safety Authority and the National Transport Authority to seek their views on this suggestion. Of course road safety must be the paramount consideration when making a decision on a matter such as this, however if traffic movement can be improved in congested areas then the proposal must be examined.


“As we approach the Christmas period, which is traditionally a time of heavy traffic congestion in urban areas, we need to be creative in terms of looking at options to improve the situation of motorists. If this system is successful in other countries then I see no reason why it cannot be implemented here. I look forward to hearing the feedback from the relevant authorities and developing this proposal further with the Minister.”