• Mayo County Council have this afternoon confirmed to Midwest news that they currently have Consultants working on a safety barrier design for the Foxford to Ballyvary Road on the N58.

    This is as a result of numerous concerns raised over a section of the roadway between Foxford and Straide since improvement works were carried out on it some time ago.

    During the course of the work, the road was raised and since then it has been extremely dangerous because of a deep drop on either side.

    This location did not previously have a safety barrier installed and the lack of a sufficient width of roadside verge has resulted in it not being possible to install a standard barrier in this case.

    Mayo County Council say their consultants in conjunction with TII are testing various barrier options to find a solution which is in accordance with the relevant specification and a further trial is due to be undertaken in the coming week.

    Once a barrier design has been passed and approved a contractor will then be procured and the barrier installed.

    The issue has been raised on a number of occasions by Councillor Neil Cruise who again raised the matter on Midwest Radio this week.

  • Emergency services are at the scene of a two vehicle collision on the N58 Castlebar side of Straide village.

    Gardai are at the scene and there is a stop/go system in place.

  • New 80km per hour signage will be erected by next month on the N58 Foxford to Ballyvary road and along the N26 at Cloonguillane bridge, despite the ongoing controversy about the reduction in the speed limit proposed by Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) along these busy routes.

    That was confirmed this week by the CEO of Mayo County Council Peter Hynes at the monthly meeting of Mayo County Council.

    Councillors again raised their opposition to a request by Ballina Chamber of Commerce and some businesses in Ballina to go back to the TII and ask it not to go ahead with the reduced speed limits, arguing that the reduction will hit commercial activity in Ballina.

    Foxford based Fine Gael Councillor Neil Cruise had expressed his astonishment recently when it was revealed by council management that the contract for the new signage was not yet signed by TII, yet it imposed the new speed limits on the 3rd of last month (September).

    Speaking to Midwest News Councillor Cruise said he is delighted that progress on the signing of the contract is now being made and he said the reduced speed limits will enhance road safety for residents along the busy route that connects Ballina to Castlebar.

  • The speed limit along the N58 Foxford to Ballyvary road is to be reduced to 80km per hour, down from 100 km, and reduced further to 60 km per hour through the village of Straide.

    It follows extensive lobbying by local Fine Gael councillor Neil Cruise, who says the people living along this very busy stretch of road, that links Ballina to Castlebar, are living in fear of traffic speeds along the route.

    The councillor insists the changes are not designed as a revenue collector for the state, but rather arefor health and safety reasons.

    Speed limit reductions are also to be reduced on the N26 Foxford to Swinford road, the main Dublin road from Ballina.

    Councillor Cruise told Midwest News that these are all necessary changes  and the new limits will be enforced.

     They have been approved by both Transport Infrastructure Ireland and Mayo county council.


  •  The tender has gone out for the provision of safety barriers along a notoriously dangerous stretch of new road surface along the N58 between Foxford and Ballyvary.

    Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) have devised the barriers, that are unique, as they must be placed along a very narrow verge, with a significant drop either side.

    Local fine Gael Councillor Neil Cruise says works should now get underway to install the barriers by the end of August / early September, ahead of next winter.