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Old September 23rd, 2017, 08:43 PM   #1561
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Does anyone know if there are any plans in the foreseeable future for major upgrades to the N20 Limerick-Cork route?

I know the initial planned motorway upgrade had been shelved due to the financial crisis, but I'd heard that this project had been revisited once more.
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Old September 23rd, 2017, 11:00 PM   #1562
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Does anyone know if there are any plans in the foreseeable future for major upgrades to the N20 Limerick-Cork route?

I know the initial planned motorway upgrade had been shelved due to the financial crisis, but I'd heard that this project had been revisited once more.
It's back on, as confirmed recently by the Taoiseach. Details to be announced along with the October budget. Earliest start would be about 2021.
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Old September 23rd, 2017, 11:22 PM   #1563
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Full report by the Irish Times: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/irel...naas-1.3229645

M7 does appear to have a provision for the expansion to six lanes, the central reservation is fairly wide.
This section was also the first motorway in the Republic and it opened in 1983.

Most of Irelands motorway network (by length ) is not wide median. Only near Dublin really. Mind you none of the narrow median sections are at or even near capacity. Some other parts of the wide median network already require widening to 3+3 too, notably the southern section of the M50 Orbital and the M11 south of that.
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Old September 24th, 2017, 04:39 PM   #1564
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This section was also the first motorway in the Republic and it opened in 1983.

Most of Irelands motorway network (by length ) is not wide median. Only near Dublin really. Mind you none of the narrow median sections are at or even near capacity. Some other parts of the wide median network already require widening to 3+3 too, notably the southern section of the M50 Orbital and the M11 south of that.
Thankfully some foresight was shown close to the cities as space was also left on the M8 from Cork to Watergrasshill and Galway east to Athenry. Not on the M7 at Limerick, though I see the bypass segment has some space.
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Old September 26th, 2017, 06:52 PM   #1565
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. Not on the M7 at Limerick, though I see the bypass segment has some space.
Yes. The M7 East of Limerick has no wide median and is built on piles up to 45m deep across a bog. It is a rare exception near a city, the other is the Glen of the Downs south of Dublin. The M1 is wide median alnost to the NI border of which some is already upgraded to 3+3 near Dublin Airport.
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Old September 29th, 2017, 01:51 PM   #1566
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So the M17/M18 scheme was opened 2 days ago:

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/irel...tuam-1.3235844

https://www.rte.ie/news/2017/0927/90...lway-motorway/



Some aerial shots just before opening:

Shouldn't this video be titled N17 Tuam bypass? It is not motorway on this stretch.





There is also a new video from the New Ross bypass construction:


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Old October 1st, 2017, 03:54 AM   #1567
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So the M17/M18 scheme was opened 2 days ago:

That really is cracking news. Looking forward to doing the drive from Newmarket on Fergus (where my family is from) to Galway City. Last time I did it was before Ennis was bypassed and remember it taking ages! When I think of Ireland in the 80s and now (transport wise), what a change.

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Old October 2nd, 2017, 12:32 PM   #1568
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Found some videos on YT

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Tuam bypass.
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Old October 14th, 2017, 06:17 PM   #1569
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New Ross bypass progress:






Scheme from September
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Old October 14th, 2017, 09:41 PM   #1570
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M20 Cork - Limerick is also adopted in the 10-year capital programme. The € 850 million motorway could start construction in 2021.

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/irel...irms-1.3255641
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Old October 15th, 2017, 02:40 AM   #1571
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M20 Cork - Limerick is also adopted in the 10-year capital programme. The € 850 million motorway could start construction in 2021.
Sadly there is no chance of that in Ireland. It looks like it might start in 2026 or so.

A project starting from scratch like the M20 is will not see construction commence for over 5 years, that is how painful the planning process is in Ireland.

The only possibility of it speeding up is that the route selection ends up the same as the last time it was designed in 2008/9 and that the old design can therefore be rebooted but that applies to the southern half of the M20 only.

Even then you might get to advanced works only in 2021 (archaeology onsite) and the mainline could not go to construction before 2023.

County Cork is where most of the 'missing' motorways in Ireland will eventually be built...some time between now and 2040 the way things look right now.

The only consolation is that the motorway network in the Republic of Ireland finally passed 1000km when the M18/M17 project opened a few weeks back and that only around 300km of new motorway is required to finish the Motorway network in Ireland. Projects required (some now and some soon as) are:

M11 extension south to Enniscorthy, under construction.
M20 (planning is to start next year some time)
M/N21 (a ~15km section west of the existing M20 in Limerick is almost through planning)
M/N22 (2 sections, one section in West Cork is to commence in 2019, the other, God knows)
M/N25 (around 30 km required east of Cork City)
M4 from Mullingar to Longford.
M/N71 south west of Cork for perhaps 20-25km
M??? Dublin Outer Orbital.
M??? Cork North Ring Road
Couple of short sections here and there not listed.

The total required is around 300km of which the M20 will account for around 85km as there are 2 stubs built since the 1990s at each end.

In addition around 1000km of Expressway (2+2) is needed all over the shop.
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Old October 27th, 2017, 11:45 PM   #1572
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Some new photos on the M11 Enniscorthy Bypass website:





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Old November 26th, 2017, 12:51 AM   #1573
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The Cork-Limerick motorway is now beginning a full redesign & planning starting Q1 2018 or so: https://irl.eu-supply.com/app/rfq/pu.../publictenders

The N25 New Ross bypass with its long bridge is on target to open in January 2019.. www.n25newross.ie

The M11 Gorey-Enniscorthy will also open in mid 2019.. www.m11gtoe.ie

Planning permission will be sought in early 2018 for a new motorway connecting the southern end of the existing M20 and Rathkeale, bypassing the village of Adare. A high quality single carriageway spur will link this new motorway to the Port of Shannon-Foynes.. www.foyneslimerick.ie

The M28 Cork-Ringaskiddy motorway is currently at an oral hearing due to vocal objections by people living near a section of single carriageway N28 which is to be widened and dualled claiming that the new motorway will poison them with noxious gases, devalue their properties due to the improved access in the area, keep them awake and give them heart attacks due to the noise caused and could make the area liable to a chemical accident.. http://n28cork-ringaskiddy.com

The N6 Galway Ring Road will be shovel ready for 2021 if granted planning permission.. expect another drawn out legal battle here.. www.n6galwaycity.ie
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Old November 27th, 2017, 11:16 AM   #1574
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The Cork-Limerick motorway is now beginning a full redesign & planning starting Q1 2018 or so: https://irl.eu-supply.com/app/rfq/pu.../publictenders

The N25 New Ross bypass with its long bridge is on target to open in January 2019.. www.n25newross.ie

The M11 Gorey-Enniscorthy will also open in mid 2019.. www.m11gtoe.ie

Planning permission will be sought in early 2018 for a new motorway connecting the southern end of the existing M20 and Rathkeale, bypassing the village of Adare. A high quality single carriageway spur will link this new motorway to the Port of Shannon-Foynes.. www.foyneslimerick.ie

The M28 Cork-Ringaskiddy motorway is currently at an oral hearing due to vocal objections by people living near a section of single carriageway N28 which is to be widened and dualled claiming that the new motorway will poison them with noxious gases, devalue their properties due to the improved access in the area, keep them awake and give them heart attacks due to the noise caused and could make the area liable to a chemical accident.. http://n28cork-ringaskiddy.com

The N6 Galway Ring Road will be shovel ready for 2021 if granted planning permission.. expect another drawn out legal battle here.. www.n6galwaycity.ie
You didn't mention widening of the M7 motorway, from two lanes in each direction to three, plus a new junction for Sallins. The works have just started and the widened stretch will be between the end of the three lane N7 and junction 11 (where the M9 starts).
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Old November 27th, 2017, 02:10 PM   #1575
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You didn't mention widening of the M7 motorway, from two lanes in each direction to three, plus a new junction for Sallins. The works have just started and the widened stretch will be between the end of the three lane N7 and junction 11 (where the M9 starts).
Included is a bypass of Sallins and M7 Jct 10 will be demolished and completely reconstructed at a different location.
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Old December 6th, 2017, 08:06 PM   #1576
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Some aerial shots of the M11 construction around Enniscorthy. From the project website:


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Short video from New Ross bypass:



There are reports that works on widening of the M7 and Sallins bypass have started. At the moment only offline, along the route of the new bypass.

Here is map of the scheme:


Vary detailed map of the whole scheme:
http://www.theaa.ie/blog/wp-content/...-Layout2-1.jpg

Sallins bypass:
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By the way this stretch of M7 that they are widening is also the very first stretch of motorway ever built in the South of Ireland and it opened in 1983.

NI got its first bit of motorway some 20 years before that.

Video of the opening here.

http://www.rte.ie/archives/2013/1001/477647-irelands-first-motorway-1983/

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There are reports that works on widening of the M7 and Sallins bypass have started. At the moment only offline, along the route of the new bypass.

Here is map of the scheme:
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