Originally Posted by PORNAPSTER
Wow... I've never seen such a misty eyed arguement in all of my life, you should join the DUP or something. Your point on the Hill of Tara is laughable. You should really look into the fact that it is further away from the M3 than the current N3.
Why do Meath/Cavan/Fermanagh/Donegal people want the M3 to happen?
Safety. The current N3 is one of the most dangerous roads in Ireland with the amount of traffic on it at the moment. And I'm pretty sure the residents of Kells, Navan and Dunshaughlin want to see fewer cars on the streets of their towns too because of this too. I'm sure they are having fun trying to cross the road with their kids going to school.
Can you not see these people benefiting? I'm pretty sure families who have lost their sons and daughters to this road over the years would welcome it.
And there you are thinking about property owners...
I am from the area and have lived and commuted there for years. There is no evidence to support your claims that the N3 is a dangerous road (any more than any other route) and the fact is that the N3 is probably in better condition then other N routes. Take a trip to Waterford and you'll notice the difference.
The FACT of the matter is that needs of all N3 users could be met by a modest upgrade of the route and by bypasses of Dunshaughlin, Kells and Navan - all of these were on the cards until the M3 was proposed. The M3 could not be justified if they had been built.
Take a scan down the planning list and look at the number of new applications that use the M3 as a justification. Properties are already being advertised with M3 frontage. Plenty of more cars for the toll plaza queues. It is obvious that Dublin's sprawl can only go one direction - north and west. The M3, N (really M) and M1 facilitate this. You might want have a look who's already got land banks close to the M3 route.
The hill of tara is iconic and few countries would allow a road like the M3 so close to a national monument. The current location of the N3 is irrelevant to the arguement. The other shocking fact that the well paid planners should have anticipated that running a motorway through an area of significant archaelogical importance would cause controversy, delay and a possible rerouting all at the tax payers expense and commuters left with a route that is in need of upgrading.
At the same time, no committment is given to a rail alternative for commuters. Plenty of talk when the elections were on and then the possibility of a spur to Dunboyne. All talk ... no substance ... no plan. No doubt when the M3 will be built there will be disruption while they build rail bridges.
Anyway, I'm getting the parents to known down the house and we'll build an Ikea or something. We'll figure out how to get the traffic of the m-way one way or another ...