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Thursday, 19 January 2023

Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport

Road Projects

Photo of Jackie CahillJackie Cahill (Tipperary, Fianna Fail)
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22. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will provide an update on the progression of the Tipperary town bypass to be delivered under the national development plan as part of the N24 enhancement works; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [1924/23]

Photo of Eamon RyanEamon Ryan (Dublin Bay South, Green Party)
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The N24 is a national primary road connecting Limerick to Waterford, running through Tipperary Town, Cahir, Carrick-on-Suir and Clonmel. This project consists of approximately 35km of road improvement works between Cahir in Tipperary and Limerick Junction. The study area associated with the proposed project would include bypasses of Tipperary Town and Bansha and runs through Monard and to Oola in County Limerick.

This project aims to enhance regional accessibility and improve connectivity between Limerick and Waterford. This project would also provide the opportunity to develop better connectivity with public transport through direct access to the train stations in Cahir and Limerick Junction, encouraging the use of public transport in the area. By removing through traffic from a number of towns, there would be greater safety for road users and increased capacity on the network for both public transport and freight traffic. Improved journey time certainty would also act as an enabler to economic growth. There will also be scope for urban environment improvements in towns such as Tipperary, including the provision of improved public realm facilities. This would have positive social benefits on local residents and encourage walking and cycling.

Transport Infrastructure Ireland has advised my Department that Technical Advisors are undertaking early Planning and Design work. The project progressed through Route Option Selection in 2021 and 2022, with Public Consultation on ‘Alternatives and Options’ taking place between June and August 2021. A public display of the Preferred Transport Solution followed in early 2022 and was published in May. This preferred route includes the Tipperary Bypass. Work is now progressing on the Design and Evaluation of the route, with publication of the Option Selection Report for the project expected in the first quarter of this year.


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