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N17 Plaza

N17 Plaza:

Road: M17 at the Kilmore Roundabout
(also accessible to traffic on the N17)
Location: Farranamartin, Co. Galway
Date planned: 2016-2022
Operator: Plaza Group
Grid reference: M 41802 51139

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The N17 Plaza in Tuam opened in March 2022. It was built close to the Kilmore Roundabout on the new Tuam Bypass, which itself only opened in September 2017.

It is styled similarly to the Plaza Group's other service areas across Ireland, with a wide range of facilities inside what is otherwise a more constrained site, accessed from the single carriageway Galway Road.

The initial proposal was withdrawn after a road safety audit concluded it would be likely to affect the capacity and safety of the new road, in addition to complaints from local businesses and residents. A successful proposal was eventually brought forward, although it is not regarded by TII as an official service area, unlike the Galway Plaza.

This isn't the only Plaza that has been planned for the new motorway. In August 2017, Supermac's hinted that they were planning a new Plaza in Co. Clare, with a planned opening in 2018. This development was sidelined by Transport Infrastructure Ireland's plans for its own Ennis services, in addition to highlighting issues with the lack of family facilities and electric vehicle charging points.

Supermac's lodged their own formal planning application in July 2018, wanting to build an Ennis Plaza at M18 J12. They claim that it will showcase Ennis's history of Irish music, arguing that the motorway was taking trade away from the town and that they wanted to change this.