N60 Pollavaddy to Balla Active Travel Scheme

Closed27 Mar, 2023, 2:00pm - 14 Apr, 2023, 6:00pm

N60 Pollavaddy to Balla Active Travel Scheme

Public Consultation No. 1 – Route Options

March 2023


Mayo County Council in conjunction with Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) proposes to develop an Active Travel Facility between the Pollavaddy Junction on the N60 and Balla town. The public consultation is named - Proposed Route Options for the N60 Pollavaddy to Balla – Active Travel Project.

Mayo County Council invites residents of the local area, members of the public and other interested parties to participate in the Public Consultation.

A public information event will  be held on Monday 27th March 2023 in Balla Community Resource Centre, The Square, Balla from 2pm to 8pm. If you are not able to attend the event, all the information displayed on the day is available on this portal for your convenience.

Your participation in this consultation is important and we would value any feedback which you think should be reviewed by the Project Team to help inform the development of the project.

What is Active Travel?

Active Travel is defined as ‘travelling with a purpose using your own energy’. Walking, cycling, wheeling and using a non-motorised scooter to make journeys to work, school or the shops, for example, are all considered forms of Active Travel.

Project Objectives

The project aims to:

  1. To provide a dedicated Active Travel route from the western end point of the proposed N60 Heathlawn Road Realignment Cycleway/Walkway in the Townland of Pollavaddy, to the junction of Main Street and the Mayo Abbey Road in Balla.
  2. To provide an Active Travel facility that caters for commuting and school trips as well as for recreational and tourism use.
  3. To improve safety for all users of this route with particular emphasis on vulnerable road users.
  4. To provide a facility which is well designed and comfortable while also being consistent, attractive & interesting while also being integrated in the surrounding environment.
  5. To be part of a 24km long linear Active Travel route from Castlebar to Claremorris of which this scheme forms 1 of 6 sections.

Study Area / Constraints

During the first stage of the project development, the project team defined a study area and identified Engineering & Environmental constraints within this area.

 Proposed Route Options 

Following assessment of the constraints, two route options have been developed, Option A and Option B. Both options are presented on the map which can be downloaded from materials section of this page and are also described below.

Route Option A

Route Option A is 1.1km in length & closely follows the existing N60 National Road into Balla town.

  • The route commences 1.1km east of Balla at a point where the Pollavaddy Road (L65426) joins the N60 and the Balla to Claremorris road realignment at Heathlawn scheme ends. The route proceeds in a westerly direction across Balla Turlough SAC for 400m, located in the existing verge between the road and Turlough wall.
  •  At the end of the Turlough the route continues in a westerly direction on the north side of the N60, and ends at the southern end of Main Street in Balla opposite the Mayo Abbey Road (L1705) Junction.

Route Option B

Route Option B is 1.9km in length and is a combination of Offline and Online sections which by-pass Balla Turlough SAC to the South.

  • Route B commences 450m east of the Pollavaddy Road Junction (L65426) and follows the N60 on-line in the northern road verge for 100m.  It crosses the N60 via a pedestrian/cycle overbridge and enters agricultural land on the eastern side of Balla Turlough SAC. This offline section of the route remains outside of the SAC boundary and proceeds in a south-easterly direction for 450m, traversing several fields before crossing the Rathduff Road (L55392).
  • The route proceeds along the Rathduff road (L55392) towards Balla for 500m.
  • At the junction with the N60 the route continues west towards Balla for 900m, crossing the Ardboley Road (L55393) and remaining on the south side of the N60.
  • Route B ends at the south end of Main Street at its junction with the Mayo Abbey Road.


Have Your Say

Public Consultation is now open.

We are asking everyone who is interested in this Active Travel Project to view the drawings, consider the routes and tell us what you think. We want to hear from you!

Please let your comments be known by completing the Route Options Questionnaire. The questionnaire is available digitally and can be submitted online by clicking the Make A Submission button above. Alternatively, please download the questionnaire from the materials section of this page, fill out a paper copy and respond by post or scan and email by: Friday 14th April 2023.

Thankyou for your co-operation.

Further Information

If you require further information please contact:

Email:   rcowie@regdesign.com

Post:      N60 Pollavaddy to Balla Active Travel Scheme - Project Team, National Roads Office,

Mayo County Council, Glenpark House, The Mall, Castlebar, Co. Mayo, F23 XF40

Phone: (094) 9064321 or (094) 9064322


Please return your questionnaire or complete it digitally on this

Consultation Portal (https://consult.mayo.ie/)  by Friday 14th April 2023.



24 submissions have raised observations relating to this consultation.


Q1. Do you think the Pollavaddy to Balla Active Travel Scheme is necessary?
Q2. If you would use the Active Travel facility how would you use it?
Q3. Do you live or own property along the routes of the proposed Active Travel options?
Q4. If you have property along either of the routes such as garden or agricultural land would you be agreeable to selling a strip of land to facilitate the scheme?
Q5. Which option A or B is the most preferable in your opinion and why?
Q6. Which option A or B is the least preferable in your opinion and why?
Q7. If you have any other information or comments in relation to the Proposed Options that you want the project team to be aware of please let us know: