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 other improvements planned on the N2/A5 route, the proposed N2 Ardee to Castleblayney Road 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

An ‘Emerging Preferred Route Corridor’ has been published and the project has launched the next stage of public consultation.

The Project Team has undertaken an appraisal of the Route Corridor Options published in November 2019 and has considered feedback received through the second non-statutory public consultation while identifying an ‘Emerging Preferred Route Corridor’. This is Stage 2 of the Phase 2 planning and design process defined in TII’s ‘Project Management Guidelines’.

Six route Corridor Options were published for the scheme in November 2019. The Project Team has undertaken an appraisal of the Route Corridor Options, which has identified Option A (Yellow Route) as the Emerging Preferred Route Corridor.

An Emerging Preferred Route Corridor is the Route Corridor Option that has been assessed as providing the optimum combination of benefits and impacts based on the six criteria to be considered for road transport projects;

  • Economy
  • Safety
  • Environment
  • Accessibility and Social Inclusion
  • Integration
  • Physical Activity

The Emerging Preferred Route Corridor is typically 400m wide. The 400m corridor does not represent the actual width of the road scheme or the lands to be acquired – the corridor indicates the lands within which the N2 road scheme could be developed. The exact details of the landtake, earthworks, junction, sideroad design and property impacts will be developed during the next Phase of the design process.

The project has now launched the third stage of non-statutory public consultation. During this public consultation we are inviting feedback on the Emerging Preferred Route Corridor. Please see the ‘Public Consultation’ page for information and drawings and for details of how to make a submission.

Feedback and submissions received through the third non-statutory public consultation will be considered by the Project Team before a Preferred Route Corridor (‘Preferred Option’) is finalised. The Phase 2 Option Selection process will then be complete and the ‘Option Selection Report’ and ‘Preferred Route Corridor’ will be published. As indicated on the Public Consultation Roadmap on the next page, this is expected to take place in 2021. Updates, news and details will be published on and through local press and media.

After a Preferred Route Corridor is finalised the next Phase of the planning and design process can commence (subject to relevant approvals), which will include identifying the landtake required, junction and access designs and the preparation of an Environmental Impact Assessment Report. During this phase further engagement with landowners and interested parties will be undertaken as part of the ongoing design process as indicated in the Public Consultation Roadmap shown below: