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'Critical transport route in Waterford should be given higher priority'

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'Critical transport route in Waterford should be given higher priority'

Sinn Féin area representative Conor D. McGuinness is calling on the council to ensure the R674 is given priority status in its road gritting plan

The main road from Ring Cross to Helvick Head should be given higher priority in the Waterford City and County Council road gritting plan, according to Sinn Féin area representative Conor D. McGuinness.

Mr McGuinness says the R674 is listed as priority three in the council’s gritting plan, which is the lowest priority.

“To date, council workers have been very efficient in making sure the road is kept passable in bad weather, but in an extended period of subzero temperatures there is currently no imperative for the council to keep the road gritted," he tells Waterford Live

Mr McGuinness says the road connects the N25 to three schools and a number of significant employers. "It is also connects emergency services and crew with the RNLI Helvick Head Lifeboat Station, making the road a critical transport route with strategic importance for coastal West Waterford.”