Public Consultation 2 'Route Corridor Options' - Download documents and maps HERE

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

The project has moved into the Route Options phase. Six Route Corridor Options were identified and these were on public display during a period of non-statutory public consultation held in late 2019. 

The Consultants will consider the feedback received, will undertake studies and surveys along the route, and will carry out an appraisal of the route options for both Schemes before identifying an Emerging Preferred Route Corridor for each scheme. The Emerging Preferred Route Corridors will then go on display during another period of non-statutory public consultation, and further feedback will be invited and considered before the Preferred Route Corridors are finalised.  


Please click on the ‘Public Consultation’ tab for more information. 

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.