Road Scheme

Monaghan County Council is working in partnership with Louth County Council and in association with Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) to develop a scheme to upgrade a 32km section of the N2/A5 Dublin-Derry Road. The proposed project is in Counties Monaghan and Louth, between Ardee and Castleblayney. This project is called the N2 Ardee to Castleblayney Road Scheme.

This is an important project to enhance key North/South and Regional connectivity and to improve road safety.

Monaghan County Council has appointed Jacobs Consulting Engineers (Jacobs) to advance the project through the planning and design process. Subject to funding, the design process will be developed in stages, with opportunities for the public to participate in the decision-making at each stage.

Project Background

The N2 Dublin to Derry route is a national primary road linking Dublin to Northern Ireland and the north west of the country, passing through the towns of Slane and Ardee, and bypassing Carrickmacross, Castleblayney and Monaghan before becoming the A5 as it passes through Northern Ireland.

In March 2007 the Chancellor of the UK Exchequer and the Taoiseach announced a major new roads programme that included the A5 Western Transport Corridor from Aughnacloy to Derry (A5 WTC). This major infrastructural project aims to upgrade over 85km of the A5 route in Northern Ireland to dual carriageway standard. Monaghan County Council is also working on a scheme to upgrade 28km of the N2 between Clontibret and the Northern Ireland Border.

Along with the other improvements planned for the N2/A5 route, the proposed N2 Ardee to Castleblayney Scheme will significantly improve transport connectivity and provide more efficient access to other strategic national roads such as the N33/M1, N52 and N53.

What's Happening Now

The first public consultation on the 'Study Area and Constraints' for the N2 Ardee to Castleblayney Scheme took place in June/July 2019. Public Consultation events took place in the Glencarn Hotel in Castleblayney on the 25th June, the Nuremore Hotel in Carrickmacross on 26th June, and the Ardee Parish Centre in Ardee on 27th June 2019. Submissions in relation to the project could be made up until the 25th July 2019. The submission period has now closed. All feedback received will be considered by the project team as part of the Post-Consultation Report which will be published on this website.

Please click on the 'Public Consultation' tab to view more information about the 'Study Area and Constraints' public consultation that took place in June/July 2019. During the design process there will be further opportunities to make submissions in relation to the scheme. The opportunities for further consultation are illustrated in the Public Consultation Roadmap shown below.