first_imgA recent protest by locals at Cockhill Bridge in Buncrana.The end appears to be in sight for one of Donegal’s most dangerous road crossings after €3M was announced for a new bridge in Buncrana.The funding for the new Cockhill Bridge was announced by Minister Joe McHugh this morning.It is now anticipated that work will start almost immediately on the bridge.It ends a long-running saga which has seen protests at the bridge which locals claim was a serious danger.Minister of State Joe McHugh TD, “I am delighted to announce today that €3million funding has been secured for a new bridge at Cockhill, Buncrana.“Following a meeting I organised for a deputation from Inishowen Municipal District to meet with the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe TD, a report was submitted to the Dept. and once a review was carried out, the Minister has agreed to support this project in full and provide funding.”Within the report submitted to the Dept., the plan outlined in detail provision for a new road bridge to be located south of the existing Cockhill Bridge as part of the outer relief road. This new bridge would become the main vehicular route for the R238.As the bridge would be built to current design standards there will no longer be turning issues.The road will also have footways which would constitute a pedestrian route towards Buncrana.It is expected that once the new bridge is complete, the existing bridge would most likely become redundant for motor vehicles and could be used as a pedestrian/ cycle route to access local amenities in Cockhill.“Cockhill Bridge has been a health and safety issue for local residents and those who have to use the bridge for more years than it ever should have been. The community and public representatives have been raising their concerns for years and I have been working with my colleague Minister Donohoe, and his predecessor, Minister Leo Varadkar, to highlight not only the public safety concerns but also the importance of this juncture for vehicles and the increased development of the surrounding areas. While these developments have been to the benefit of the local shop, school etc. there is no footpath at present and even an Garda Siochana have voiced concerns around the safety of the bridge,” said Minister McHugh.The announcement has also been welcomed by the Cockhill Bridge Action Group.The Minister added “The significance of this project cannot be underestimated. This new bridge opens up North and North West Inishowen – where there have been major developments from a tourism perspective. With the development and success of the Wild Atlantic Way, this will lead to the connecting of Malin Head to Fanad Lighthouse, both of which have been selected as Signature Points along the route, and today’s announcement now becomes a significant investment for these areas as well.“A lot of hard work has gone in to ensuring that this funding announced today is confirmed and I would like to acknowledge the local communities, the local authority, especially the engineers who have worked hard to ensure that this project had its homework done and was shovel-ready once monies committed, my colleagues Councillors Bernard McGuinness and John Ryan for their tireless work, and a special mention must be given to previous Cllr Peter The Egg McLaughlin who was a long-time advocate of the bridge and all his work on ensuring this bridge was a priority must be acknowledged. I would like to thank Minister Paschal Donohoe and his officials for understanding the importance of the new bridge for Buncrana and the surrounding areas. I would also like to highlight and commend in particular the Cockhill Action Group for not only campaigning on safety grounds, but for advocating so strongly that I believe they helped ensure the urgency of the issue was wholly understood by all.“I will continue to work closely with the Dept. and the Donegal County Council to help get this project moving now as quickly and efficiently as possible. Cockhill Bridge spans 24m over the Crana River and carries the Regional Route R238, the main access road serving the Inishowen Peninsula. The R238 begins at the junction with the National Primary N13 in Bridgend and passes through Burnfoot, Fahan, Buncrana, Clonmany, Ballyliffin, Carndonagh, Culdaff, Gleneely, Moville, Redcastle and Quigleys Point, before terminating in Muff at the border with Northern Ireland where it becomes the A2. The R238 therefore forms a vital commercial link between towns and villages within Inishowen, as well as being the primary access / exit route to the city of Derry and other parts of Donegal.”DELIGHT AS €3 MILLION ANNOUNCED FOR NEW BUNCRANA BRIDGE was last modified: June 11th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:buncranaCockhill BridgefundingMinister Joe McHughlast_img read more