Cloongullane Bridge

  • Construction is expected to start next Summer on the long-awaited new  bridge at Cloongullane on the N26 near Foxford, as Transport Infrastructure Ireland is allocating €2.5 million for the new bridge and road realignment project.

    It's part of the €56 million funding package for national roads in Mayo next year, as announced this morning by Minister Michael Ring.

    The upgrading of the N26 between Swinford and Ballina at Cloongullane Bridge has been delayed for years by planning issues relating to the River Moy SAC, but Senator Michelle Mulherin says these planning issues have been overcome, and the new bridge project is now shovel-ready.

    With this allocation of €2.5 million from TII, she expects the project to go to tender early in the New Year, while €50,000 has also been allocated for a project appraisal of the new Ballina Orbital Route, to ease traffic congestion in the town.

    Senator Mulherin has been giving Midwest News an update on both road projects.

  • Funding of over €56 million is being allocated for national roads in Co Mayo for 2020.

    This includes an allocation of €40 million for the new N5 Westport to Turlough road.

    Transport Infrastructure Ireland's budget for 2020 allocated €55.3 million for improvement of roads in Mayo and a further €1.3 million for road maintenance.

    It also includes an allocation of €2.5 million for the long-awaited new Cloongullane Bridge on the N26 near Foxford, and €100,000 for the Charlestown bypass.

    The Minister for Rural & Community Development Michael Ring told Midwest News about the national roads allocation in Mayo for next year.

  • An Bord Pleanala has again pushed back the date for a decision on planning permission for a new bridge at Cloongullane, near Swinford.

    The decision is not just disappointing but outrageous, according to Mayo FG Senator Michelle Mulherin.

    It's almost two years since an oral hearing took place into plans for a replacement bridge at Cloongullane - an accident blackspot on the N26 - yet no progress has since been made on the matter.

    The planning application is still with An Bord Pleanala, and it was expected a decision might be made by the end of last month, but that date is now being further delayed, and  there's no indication when a decision will be made.

    Senator Mulherin says it's not good enough that environmental concerns are holding up such a vital piece of infrastructure, when there are no objections from the National Parks & Wildlife or the fisheries.

  • A local Councillor says he is confident there will be progress on Cloongullane Bridge on the N26 in the short rather than the long term.

    Fine Gael Cllr Jarlath Munnelly was speaking following today’s meeting of Ballina Municipal District, where other councillors outlined details of a meeting with Transport Infrastructure Ireland on Monday last.

    Cllr Annie-May Reape, who was one of the councillors who attended that meeting told Midwest News earlier that despite the delegation highlighting the importance of a number of projects, including work at Cloongullane Bridge on the N26 between Swinford and Foxford, they are not included in the National Framework Plan, so they could be 5 of possibly more years down the line.

    However Cllr Munnelly says there is a planning application in front of An Bord Pleanala for realignment work on a stretch of the road at Cloongullane Bridge and there should be a decision on that in the next month.

    He says that if there is a positive outcome from that application, he is expecting it will be funded in some way next year.

  •  An Bord Pleanala has confirmed today that it has given the green light to the building of a new bridge and road at Cloongullane, on the N26 Foxford to Swinford road.

    The long awaited decision was confirmed by An Bord pleanala to local Fine Gael Senator Michelle Mulherin today.

    The bridge forms a significant part of the much needed and long awaited upgrade of the N26 Ballina to Swinford road, and any progress on a new bridge had been held back due to environmental concerns over the impact of proposed works on the river Moy.

    Just last month An Bord Pleanala had again stalled on making a decision on the proposed new development, but today has agreed to allow works to go ahead and to acquire the necessary CPOs for the lands required to construct a new section of road and a new bridge.

    Funding for the development that is estimated to cost in excess of 10 million euro has not yet been secured, but could not be sought until today’s planning decision was announced.

    Senator Mulherin has been telling Midwest News about the significance of today’s announcement.

    Mayo County Council has also welcomed the news.

    Chief Executive  Peter Hynes, says it is  an important stretch of road between Swinford and Ballina and the works will improve access from East Mayo through to the North of the county.”

    The realignment of just under 2km  of the N26 and an 83m bridge across the River Moy has been a priority of Mayo county  council for some time and it is now  anticipated that works will begin by the end of  2019 following further design,  land acquirement and putting the project out for tender.





  • It has been confirmed today that no challenge has been lodged to the planning permission for the new bridge at Cloongullane on the N26 between Foxford and Swinford.

    Planning permission was granted on December 21st for a new bridge at that location but there is a two month cooling off period to allow for any challenges to be lodged to the decision.

    That date has now passed and it has been confirmed that no challenged was lodged to the project.

    Local Fine Gael Cllr Neil Cruise says this is very welcome news and he is very hopeful that machinery will be onsite to construct the new bridge by mid 2020.

    He told Midwest News this evening this is a positive step on the road to improving the road network in the area.