Limerick City and County Council has recommenced the development of the N/M20 Cork to Limerick Road Improvement Scheme in partnership with Cork County Council, Cork City Council, Tipperary County Council, Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII), and the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport (DTTaS).
Improved accessibility between urban centres of population and their regions is identified as a major enabler for balanced regional development in the National Planning Framework and is a key element in the Government’s Project Ireland 2040 Strategy.
The M20 Cork to Limerick Motorway Scheme had previously progressed through planning and design phases and the scheme was submitted to An Bord Pleanála in 2010 for statutory planning approval. Prior to a determination being made by An Bord Pleanála, the project was withdrawn in 2011, due to the economic downturn.
In the intervening period, there have been significant changes at European and National policy level affecting the criteria which must now be applied in assessments of major infrastructural projects. These include changes to environmental legislation and design standards as well as the introduction of the Government’s Public Spending Code.
The scheme has been in development for a year now. Work has involved the establishment of the project objectives in line with the National Planning Framework / National Development Plan, the development and appraisal of high-level strategic transport scenarios connecting Cork and Limerick in line with these objectives. Included in these scenarios were both road based scenarios as well as public transport based scenarios, in line with the requirements of the Public Spending Code. Further information is available on the project website www.corklimerick.ie.
The work completed to date will be carried forward in terms of identifying the preferred solution that will address /satisfy the project objectives. The road and public transport options will be appraised in relation to the project objectives to identify the preferred transport option for connecting Cork and Limerick.
Extensive public consultation will take place in the latter part of this year, with the preferred option to be subsequently identified. The public may submit their views, comments and queries to the project team. This engagement can be via the project website (www.corklimerick.ie); by email (email@example.com); by phone (061 973730); by letter or in person to the N/M20 Project Office, Lissanalta House, Dooradoyle, Limerick V94 H5RR.