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Old August 3rd, 2015, 10:27 PM   #1461
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Great pictures - Geogregor. Looking forward to drive around in Ireland this summer!
Thanks,

I'm sure you will enjoy it. Most of the roads are quite empty. For example below is drive along the M9 motorway from south of Kilkenny towards Waterford.
Filmed around 5pm, presumable one of the busiest times of day.

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Old August 4th, 2015, 11:44 AM   #1462
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There seems to be bridge under construction in Kilkenny city:


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I guess it is to bypass this narrow crossing:

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Do you guys have any more info about this project?
Something interesting architecturally or something box standard?
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Old August 4th, 2015, 02:09 PM   #1463
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There seems to be bridge under construction in Kilkenny city:


Do you guys have any more info about this project?
Something interesting architecturally or something box standard?
It's this scheme
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Old August 5th, 2015, 04:06 AM   #1464
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The National Roads Authority has been abolished and has instead been chucked in with the Rail Procurement Agency ( which only procures TRAMS remember) into a brand new quango called "Transport Infrastructure Ireland".

http://www.tii.ie/about/

Naturally one can find nothing on their new website, especially about roads. Parliament is recessed for the next 2 months so nobody can even ask WTF is this nonsense.
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Old August 5th, 2015, 09:06 AM   #1465
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The National Roads Authority has been abolished and has instead been chucked in with the Rail Procurement Agency ( which only procures TRAMS remember) into a brand new quango called "Transport Infrastructure Ireland".

http://www.tii.ie/about/

Naturally one can find nothing on their new website, especially about roads. Parliament is recessed for the next 2 months so nobody can even ask WTF is this nonsense.
Don't they have something similar in Scotland?
Seems to be doing fine, delivering some big road projects. Definitely bigger than anything in England.
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Old August 5th, 2015, 10:51 AM   #1466
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Merging road and rail authorities happened in some countries, for example in Sweden (Trafikverket) and Finland (Liikennevirasto).

I'm not a huge fan of it. They have very little in common other than that they're both transport infrastructure. But when it comes to operations, maintenance, construction or legislation, both fields only sporadically touch each other.

The Netherlands has a combination of motorways and waterworks (Rijkswaterstaat). But other than bridges they don't have much in common either.
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Old August 5th, 2015, 12:31 PM   #1467
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Merging road and rail authorities happened in some countries, for example in Sweden (Trafikverket) and Finland (Liikennevirasto).

I'm not a huge fan of it. They have very little in common other than that they're both transport infrastructure. But when it comes to operations, maintenance, construction or legislation, both fields only sporadically touch each other.

The Netherlands has a combination of motorways and waterworks (Rijkswaterstaat). But other than bridges they don't have much in common either.
Most of organizations like that will have completely separate internal divisions for, let say, roads, or rails or waterways.
But they can share legal and accounting services as well as payroll, IT etc.
Planning process and consultations are quite similar for road and railway projects, so is publicity (communication with the public like for example local meetings) etc.

Also, having one body might smooth intersections between different networks. For example easier railway bridge replacements while rebuilding roads underneath them. Sometimes rail authorities couldn't care less about roads under their ageing railway bridges.

It might work especially well in small countries like Ireland and Scotland

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Old August 5th, 2015, 12:34 PM   #1468
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Merging road and rail authorities happened in some countries, for example in Sweden (Trafikverket) and Finland (Liikennevirasto).
This is a Trunk Roads and Trams agency Chris.

1. It is not responsible for Heavy Rail projects/rail bridges etc.
2. It is not responsible for the roads on which the trams actually run or indeed for local/minor roads of any sort.
3. It is not responsible for licencing activity (private buses and taxis) on Roads...there is another agency to do that instead.
4. Waterways is separate again, arguably that is a tourist infrastructure agency in Ireland as our waterways are leisure only use unlike Holland.

Odd really!
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Old August 6th, 2015, 01:05 AM   #1469
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My drive along the N40 Cork Southern Bypass, from Jack Lynch Tunnel all the way to Jct 2. I was going to the airport but decided to have a spin along the new flyovers so went a bit further

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Old August 9th, 2015, 10:19 AM   #1470
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My drive along the Waterford Bypass (N25)
Video actually starts on the last few meters of the M9.

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Old August 14th, 2015, 03:09 AM   #1471
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Any more news on the planned road programme?

While we made great progress during the boom unfortunately 5 years of stangnation (bar the M11 Arklow - Rathnew and a few bypasses) means we are still left with a lot to do.

The only project under construction at present is the M17/M18 scheme (+ N17 Tuam bypass). Once this is done it means the N18 is finally done.

A lot left though: M20 Cork to Limerick in its entirety, long stretches of N4, N5, N17, N21, N22, N24, N25, and of course the secondaries.

M11 + N25 bypasses later in the year and N6 Galway city bypass are the only schemes that are close.
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Old August 15th, 2015, 11:07 AM   #1472
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Any more news on the planned road programme?

While we made great progress during the boom unfortunately 5 years of stangnation (bar the M11 Arklow - Rathnew and a few bypasses) means we are still left with a lot to do.

The only project under construction at present is the M17/M18 scheme (+ N17 Tuam bypass). Once this is done it means the N18 is finally done.

A lot left though: M20 Cork to Limerick in its entirety, long stretches of N4, N5, N17, N21, N22, N24, N25, and of course the secondaries.

M11 + N25 bypasses later in the year and N6 Galway city bypass are the only schemes that are close.
Looking on it as an outsider I would say that M20 between Cork and Limerick looks to me as an absolute priority.
Linking second and third city of the Republic, linking Shannon airort to Cork, also Cork to Galway and the rest of Northwest (once M18/M17 is finished). No-brainer really. It's pity that there is no progress there. Apparently all the planning will have to be done from scratch

Anyway, one more video, this time driving M8 northbound from Jct 11 to Jct 8 (south of Cahir to north of Cashel)


All in typical changeable Irish weather
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Old September 5th, 2015, 12:56 PM   #1473
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I found these videos from the A8 dualling in Northern Ireland

Drive through:


Great shots from the air


As you can see they are from before opening all the lanes.

Does anyone has more recent photos or videos? It would be nice see it after finishing.

BTW, I forgot in which thread should we discuss the NI roads. Here or in the UK one or in both?
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Old October 16th, 2015, 04:24 AM   #1474
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BAM-led consortium awarded the contract for the M11 Gorey to Enniscorthy motorway, including a bypass of Enniscorthy and improvements to the N30 (Enniscorthy - New Ross) route:

http://www.irishtimes.com/business/c...deal-1.2393750

Once this section of the M11 is complete, most of the M11/N11 between Dublin and Wexford will be either dual-carriageway or motorway.

It will also be another major improvement for the section of the E1 running through the island of Ireland from Rosslare Port in the south-east to Larne Harbour in the north-east.

Apart from the Rosslare Harbour to south of Enniscorthy section, the entire E1 will be motorway/dual-carriageway.
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Old October 21st, 2015, 09:18 PM   #1475
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M11 Gorey - Enniscorthy

Sod turned on €400m M11 Gorey to Enniscorthy PPP project
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Old October 22nd, 2015, 12:02 PM   #1476
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Soon small Ireland will have more motorways under construction than mighty UK.


In fact it might be the case already. M17/M18 scheme is just over 50km long. I don't think there are as much motorways' length under construction in the UK.
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Old October 22nd, 2015, 12:35 PM   #1477
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Precisely 80km of Motorway will be under construction, in Ireland, by early 2016.

53km Tuam - Gort ( M17 / M18)
27km Gorey - Enniscorthy (M11)

along with that 8km of 2+2 Expressway road (N17 Tuam Bypass and N80 tie in to M11) and some 10s of kms of S2 of various grades will be under construction, some of the latter as tie ins and some as realignments and overpasses and parallel access roads.

No new 'M' roads are in the planning pipeline although some HQDC N roads are, the N28 to the new Cork harbour and the N25 New Ross bypass and the N6 Galway Bypass. There are some proposals to widen existing M roads, mainly near Dublin.

A small westward extension to the existing M20 in Limerick ( ~10km) may come into planning once route selection on the Foynes port access road is completed soon, for now no final route has been selected.

There are quite a few km of lesser grade 2+2 Expressway in planning but some of these will still be in planning in 2030 the way things look. Irish politicians would rather throw consultants at a job than go execute it.
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Old October 22nd, 2015, 03:39 PM   #1478
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The M28 is planned as a motorway.
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Old October 22nd, 2015, 03:55 PM   #1479
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Where is the alternative route then??
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Old October 22nd, 2015, 09:17 PM   #1480
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Where is the alternative route then??
That wasn't hard...
Most of the new motorway is offline.
The official website for the scheme confirms that it is a motorway.
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