Public Display of Preferred Option: N21 Newcastle West and N21 Abbeyfeale Road Schemes

The Preferred Options for the N21 Newcastle West Road Scheme and the N21 Abbeyfeale Road Scheme went on Public Display today (Tuesday 9th November), following an online briefing to elected representatives from Limerick and Kerry.

The Preferred Options for the N21 Newcastle West Road Scheme and the N21 Abbeyfeale Road Scheme went on Public Display today (Tuesday 9th November), following an online briefing to elected representatives from Limerick and Kerry.

In February 2021 Limerick City and County Council held an online Public Consultation seeking feedback from the public on the shortlisted options developed for the projects. There was a high level of engagement from the public with this first consultation. Since then, the project team has undertaken a detailed, multi-criteria appraisal of feasible scheme options and alternatives and has considered feedback received during the public consultation event in February and March 2021.

An online public display event is now underway to inform the public and stakeholders of the Preferred Option identified for each of the schemes to be brought forward for further development and assessment.

This public information event describes the work undertaken to date, gives information about the option selection process and why each preferred option was selected, describes and provides maps of the preferred route corridors and outlines the programme for next steps in advancing both projects.

This non-statutory event also provides an opportunity for observations to be submitted, which may inform the further development of the schemes in the next phases.

In consideration of continuing risks due to the COVID-19 pandemic and taking into account the timing for planning and holding the public display, an online platform has been developed on the project websites N21newcastlewest.ie and N21abbeyfeale.ie.

As with the previous public consultation, for the route corridor options, this online platform hosts a virtual consultation room that allows the public and other stakeholders to view and interact with the information and maps displayed. The platform includes an online booking facility where the public and other stakeholders can schedule an online or telephone meeting with a member of the project team during the first two weeks of the public display period.

It is understood that online information cannot be accessed by everyone. The project team is keen to engage with people throughout the display period. Information can be requested, and telephone meetings can be booked by calling the booking phone line 087 0573813 which will be available until Tuesday 23rd November 2021.

Observations can be sent by email to newcastlewest@midwestroads.ie or abbeyfeale@midwestroads.ie or by post addressed to N21 Newcastle West Road Scheme or N21 Abbeyfeale Road Scheme, Mid West National Road Design Office, Lissanalta House, Dooradoyle, Limerick V94 H5RR up until Tuesday 7th December 2021.

Limerick City and County Council is progressing the development of these schemes in partnership with Kerry County Council (in the case of Abbeyfeale), Transport Infrastructure Ireland and the Department of Transport. Improved accessibility between the Mid-West and South West regions and the Atlantic Economic Corridor 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 aim of the schemes is to relieve congestion on the N21 Limerick to Tralee Road through Newcastle West and Abbeyfeale. The projects are expected to have positive benefits for the town centre environments of both Newcastle West and Abbeyfeale and will improve the quality of life of commuters and local residents. The projects offer opportunities to provide safe, segregated cycling and walking facilities and to integrate with the wider Active Travel networks such as the Limerick Greenway.

Limerick City and County Council values the opinion of the community on these projects and welcomes observations and comments from the public and interested parties. The knowledge gained from the engagement will be considered by the project team as part of the next stages of the development of the schemes.

Closing date is Tuesday 7th December 2021.

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