Written answers

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport

Road Projects

Photo of Aindrias MoynihanAindrias Moynihan (Cork North West, Fianna Fail)
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113. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the status of plans to upgrade the N20 Cork-Limerick Road; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8635/16]

Photo of Paschal DonohoePaschal Donohoe (Dublin Central, Fine Gael)
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The transport element of the Capital Plan published in September 2015 provided for some targeted investment in a number of new projects in Cork including the N8/N25 Dunkettle Interchange and the N22 Ballybourney to Macroom schemes. In addition, a number of other schemes targeted at removing bottlenecks and upgrading port access, will commence subject to development consent. These include the Mallow Relief Road, Adare By-Pass  and the N28 Cork to Ringaskiddy Road. It was not possible to include the M20 in the Capital Plan as the scale of investment to deliver it as originally proposed was not affordable.

However, as part of its work on the proposed Mallow Relief Road, Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) is examining whether the Mallow project can be progressed in such a way that it facilitates the development of the M20 in phases. If work on that project and additional studies show that a phased approach is feasible, it could be considered as part of the planned mid-term review of the Capital Plan.  In the meantime, TII will be funding a feasibility study on a phased development this year.


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