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Motorway drives ahead

Wednesday, 4th July, 2018 4:45pm

 

There’s been mixed reaction on yesterday’s decision to give the green light for the N28 Ringaskiddy motorway.

The scheme comprises 12.5km, starting at the Bloomfield Interchange on the existing N28/N40 junction, and terminates at the Port of Cork to the east of the village of Ringaskiddy.

An Bord Pleanála gave the controversial plans the go ahead yesterday which is said will cost €180 million to build and follows on from a 12-day hearing last November.

It will include 10.9km of motorway and 1.6km of single carriageway while also taking in Carr’s Hill, the Bloomfield/Rochestown Road, Shannon Park and Shanbally.

The Port of Cork, who recently commenced construction of the new state-of-the-art Cork Container Terminal in Ringaskiddy, welcomed the decision. Its CEO Brendan Keating said it will allow the Port to further expand its container handling and Ro-Ro facilities in the lower harbour in due course.

He said: “An adequate road network will enable the Port to provide an efficient service to our customers and to continue to meet the economic needs of the region and future proof Cork as an international gateway for trade.”

However the Green Party in Cork is of the opinion that the new road won’t solve the area’s traffic issues. Lorna Bogue, the party's representative in Cork South Central, said: “This route won't solve the traffic problems of the area and will create several new ones. It's a sledgehammer approach to transport planning. New bottlenecks will be created. Motorway traffic with resultant air pollution and noise levels will be brought closer to housing, and the amenity value of Raffeen Quarry will be lost.” Cork Chamber of Commerce, like the Port of Cork, welcomed the planning board decision saying that it was critical for the future development of Cork.

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